Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) is calling on the government to scale up the fight against drug trafficking and abuse at the Coast.
CIPK expressed concern that drug trafficking and growth in local drug use threatens to ruin the future of the youth.
The cleric who spoke to KNA at CIPK offices in Mwembe Tayari said drug cartels should be dismantled and drug dealers severely punished.
CIPK Organising Secretary, Sheikh Mohamed Khalifa, says the fight against illicit drug trade needs to be doubled up to save the youth from destruction.
Sheikh Khalifa said despite efforts to contain the drug menace the problem continues to escalate at an alarming rate.
“There is still the threat of illicit drugs trafficking looming in coastal counties of Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi and Lamu,” he noted.
“We have many youths seeking treatment at rehabilitation centres but that would come to nothing when they come out of rehabilitation centres only to find the same drugs on the streets,” he said.
He said the government should collaborate with international security agencies in its efforts to make the coastal region free from the drug menace.
Khalifa stressed on the need for the global community to strengthen cooperation and coordination to fight drugs trafficking.
The call comes at a time two sons of slain drug baron Ibrahim Akasha and two foreigners have been extradited to the United States to face drug trafficking charges.