The National Police Service (NPS) has issued a warning following a viral video making rounds on various social media platforms - showing a minor smoking the outlawed drug marijuana while endorsing Roots presidential candidate George Wajackoyah.
Through a statement dated Thursday, June 30, the law enforcement officers have stated that Kenyans spreading and sharing the clip are also participating in the violation of the law.
They added that spreading the clip further violates the rights of the minor who was recorded smoking marijuana.
"Those spreading the clip are also abetting the violation of the law and rights of the minor, and should cease and desist from the onward transmission of the same," their statement read in part.Blurred photo of a minor smoking marijuana and shared by the National Police Service on Thursday, June 30, 2022NPS
According to their statement, the kid is believed to have been influenced by the ongoing political debate regarding the legalisation of marijuana in the country.
"The language used in the clip seems to confirm this suspicion, given that reference is made to an ideology propagated by a section of the ongoing politics.
And of extreme concern is the fact that the act and its filming seems to be done by either an adult or adults, all unperturbed by what is transpiring. This is not only wrong and immoral, and infringing on rights of a minor by adults, but outrightly criminal and punishable by law," the police statement read in part.
Following the incident, police have announced a crackdown to smoke out Kenyans who are violating the law by using that outlawed drug.
"As we continue to educate the public on the negative impact of abuse of illegal substances on one hand, and also as we scale up our surveillance and enforcement campaigns against drugs and illegal substances," NPS maintained.
While announcing his presidential bid, Wajackoyah defended the plans to legalise the use of Marijuana owing to its medicinal value to Kenyans. The law scholar further reiterated that its legalisation will also help the country pay its debt.
"Our business will be to plant marijuana and export it to those who use it outside Kenya. This will enable us get revenue which we can use to develop our country economically," Wajackoyah remarked.
Despite church leaders calling him out for his agenda which they termed misleading, especially to the youths, Wajackoyah maintained that planting Marijuana will unlock the country's economy.
However, The Roots Party Presidential candidate cannot be apprehended for using bhang manifesto unless he is found in possession or while smoking which is prohibited in the country.Roots Party Presidential candidate Goerge Wajackoyah on Wednesday, June 29, during an interview on NTVCourtesydrug criminal abuse illegal
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