Police and church leaders: Let’s save out youths from drugs

By James Wakahiu
Religious leaders and police in Kiambu County have asked the local community to help save youths from the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome and Thika Police Station deputy police boss Caleb Wesa, say the problem is getting out of hand, especially in Thika district.
At the same, the Kiambu County TNA coordinator Gladys Chania, has asked the government to take stern action against adults who brew and sell illicit liquors as well as peddle drugs to the youth with the aim of making quick money.
And Thika West Deputy County Commissioner Jeremiah Gicheru has issued stern warning to those out to spoil the youth by selling to them alcohol and drugs.
Pastor Oyakhilome and Mr Wesa, in conjunction with an educational institution, organized a joint crusade at Thika’s Mama Ngina Gardens, to help create awareness on drug and alcohol abuse.
Pastor Oyakhilome said the Kenya National Police Service Christian Association, Christ Embassy Church, Thika, and the Kenya Institute of Technology and Hospitality, took the initiative on learning that drug and substance abuse in Central Kenya in general, and Thika district in particular, “have reached fever pitch”.
The crusade was a launch pad for the major campaign in the county, Pastor Oyakhilome said, adding productivity among the youths in the region has gone down.
Volunteers from the church, police and the college participated in awareness processions in Thika town before converging at the Mama Ngina Garden for the crusade, whose theme was: “Say No to Drugs and Say Yes to Christ.”
“The gospel is power of mankind,” said Pastor Oyakhilome.
While launching the crusade outside Thika Police Station, Mr Wesa said the community had an obligation to fight drug and alcohol abuse and general crime, not only in the area, but countrywide. Drug and alcohol abuses are the major catalysts of crime in the region.
“The society should psychologically dissuade our youth from engaging in crime,” Mr Wesa said.
Meanwhile, Juja residents, led by Muiga Rugara, want the road linking Kuraiha and Witeithie estate opened to help ease congestion on the Thika superhighway within Juja and Thika.
They are at the same time asking the government to regulate the digging of quarries in the area. The quarries, they say, are not only an environmental hazard, but also pose serious insecurity.
The residents say stone diggers leave the quarries uncovered after cutting their bricks “since the relevant government organs are either compromised or sleep on their jobs”.