Kenya’s anti-drug abuse agency – National Authority for Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Nacada)- wants Muguka banned in the country.

According to NACADA chief executive, Victor Okioma, a ban on the popular stimulant is necessary for addressing the drug abuse menace affecting millions of Kenyan youths.

Okioma cited statistics that show Muguka and alcohol are among key substances that have adversely ruined the lives of the youth.

“Contrary to the belief that Coast region is dominated by cocaine and heroin abuse, we have realised that Muguka, alcohol and bhang are now leading, and their effects are obvious,” said Mr Okioma.

He noted that the anti-drug abuse watchdog will meet other stakeholders in the country to brainstorm how to push for the ban on harmful drugs including ‘Muguka’.

“Let us join hands and discourage our people especially youths from takings these drugs…once one is addicted it has a long-term recovery.”

The official was speaking to journalists after inspecting rehabilitation centres in Malindi.

This comes after local leaders led by Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi and Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa also called for the ban on muguka.

In August, Mombasa MCAs proposed a ban on the sale and consumption of muguka due to its abuse by minors and the youth.

This month, the Samburu County government moved to ban the sale of muguka and miraa in Maralal town.