Mandera senator Roba calls on Northern, Coastal leaders to unite against muguka

Roba said 90 per cent of muguka consumers are in the Northern and the Coast regions

In Summary
  • Roba has faulted the move by the government to support farmers by funding the crop despite its effects on the consumers.

  • The senator termed it unfortunate that the very government that is fighting illicit brews in the Central region is in support of muguka farming and consumption.

Muguka leaves at Ena Market in Runyenjes in Embu County.
Muguka leaves at Ena Market in Runyenjes in Embu County.
Image: FILE

Mandera Senator Ali Roba has urged leaders from the Northern region to join their Coastal counterparts in the fight against muguka.

Roba in a statement on his X handle on Thursday said the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Nacada) classifies Muguka as a drug.

"Miraa/Muguka is destroying lives, turning the youth into zombies, and perpetuating poverty in Northern Kenya," Roba said.

"Governors, senators, and national assembly members from Northern Kenya must stand firm against this drug," Roba added.

Roba has faulted the move by the government to support farmers by funding the crop despite its effects on the consumers.

The senator termed it unfortunate that the very government that is fighting illicit brews in the Central region is in support of muguka farming and consumption.

He said 90 per cent of muguka consumers are in the Northern and the Coast regions.

He said muguka was banned by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1980, being described as a dangerous substance that contains cathine and cathinone which are classified as drugs in the Western world.

"It is disheartening that the state supports its farmers and funds its growth, ignoring consumers’ suffering," the senator said.

"The President meeting with those profiting from this harmful drug instead of those harmed by it is wrong."

Roba further noted that a Senate bill seeks to amend the Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances (Control) Act to exempt the substances, effectively legalising miraa and muguka.

This was after Kilifi and Mombasa counties slapped a ban on the stimulant plant.

The President on Monday said Muguka is a crop recognised by national legislation and any order barring its use is null and void.

The court has since suspended the ban until July 8 pending inter partes hearing.

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