A catholic priest has accused drug peddlers of selling illicit drugs and substances to school children in Kisii County.
Father Lawrence Nyaanga said that while the drug dealers rake in profits they are spoiling the lives of the unsuspecting teenagers.
Fr. Nyaanga also pointed out brewers of illegal brew who sell the brew to teenagers, noting it has disoriented their lives and affected their education.
He said that majority of the drug and alcohol abuse victims in schools had turned violent were unable to concentrate in their education while some rebel against teachers and parents, fueling conflicts.
“Brewers and the peddlers of drugs are targeting children below the age of 18. They want to make huge profits while killing our children,” Father Nyaanga stated.
The priest, who presided over the funeral of mama Maria Bosibori Ombaba at Bobaracho village in Kisii central sub county appealed to chiefs and members of community policing to arrest the perpetrators so that they may face the full wrath of the law, adding they linger near schools to do the dirty business.
He appealed to Judges and Magistrates to impose heavy fines and longer jail terms on the drug peddlers and the brewers of illicit to deter others, stressing drug and abuse of illicit brew was rampant in the area and the trend was worrying.
“Children are abusing drugs, substances and the brew at a high rate in the county. I urge those who sell the drugs and the brew to stop and embrace other businesses to eke an honest living to avoid curses, ” the Priest said.
The cleric challenged parents to inculcate moral values in their children and sensitize them on the dangers of the drugs and brew to curb abuse.
Some individuals, noted the priest, were also using street children in Kisii town and other urban areas as conduits to ferry drugs in other areas, noting the children also abuse the drugs.
“The number of street children is increasing daily. They sniff glue and security officers cannot suspect that they are carrying drugs and arrest them,” the priest said.
He appealed to the county government to round up the street urchins, take them to rehabilitation Centers or reunite them with their families to curb drug peddling and abuse.