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Two MPs back UK ban on miraa


 Miraa being ferried from Meru to Nairobi for sale on June 21, 2013.MPs Diriye Abdullahi Mohamed (Wajir South) and Mohamed Shidiye (Lagdera) now want the government to follow in the footsteps of UK and ban both production and consumption of miraa in the country. . Photo/ File
Miraa being ferried from Meru to Nairobi for sale on June 21, 2013.MPs Diriye Abdullahi Mohamed (Wajir South) and Mohamed Shidiye (Lagdera) now want the government to follow in the footsteps of UK and ban both production and consumption of miraa in the country. . Photo/ File  


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Monday, July 15, 2013

Two MPs have thrown their weight behind UK’s decision to ban miraa and now wants the Kenyan government to do the same.

MPs Diriye Abdullahi Mohamed (Wajir South) and Mohamed Shidiye (Lagdera) now want the government to follow in the footsteps of UK and ban both production and consumption of miraa in the country.

They said miraa is a drug and should be taken as such and a ban imposed on it.
“Miraa is in the league of cocaine and heroine and is a drug whose production and consumption should be banned in this country,” said Mr Diriye.

“This substance has no nutritional value and we commend the UK government for the decision they took to impose a ban on it,” he added.

The British Government imposed a ban on miraa two weeks ago much to the chagrin of leaders from Meru region where the stimulant is grown.

However, the two MPs urged miraa farmers to train their sights on other crops that have nutritional value saying they can never be any economic justification for the harmful effects of the stimulant.

“Miraa is associated with several social ills including laziness, family break-ups and addiction and there cannot be any justification whatsoever for these ills,” Mr Shidiye said.

They argued that the National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Nacada) has classified the crop as a drug and that the government should now act by banning its consumption altogether.

“We ought to learn to respect our national agencies and act on their recommendations,” they said.
He said North Eastern region continues to bear the greatest brunt of miraa even more that the region from where it is produced.



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