“Kete” (Drug) in Kenya
The National Agency for the Campaign against Drug Abuse in Kenya brought to the attention of many about a drug which is now commonly used among the Kenyan youths known as Kete. Kete is a drug that is licked like a sweet and it takes 2- 5 minutes to start making the user drowsy, lazy, and even sleepy.
Most of the Kenyan parents got shocked after a journalist of one of the local radio stations revealed that, the drug has gotten its way to some of the local schools within the country due to its low cost, availability, and easy to use.
Kete is a type of heroin with impurities and its brown in colour. Youths in Kenya have come up with different names ( kichuri, Kiketi, Skag, Junk, Unga, Pony, Prama, Daba daba, etc.) depending on their location in order to escape the long arm of the law.
Kenyan Government on “Kete”
The government of Kenya has listed the most affected areas by Kete and other drugs abuse most of them being the coastal regions like Lamu, Malindi, Mtwapa, Mombasa, and recently Isiolo which is a town in Isiolo County, of which it is the capital. It is located in the middle of Kenya and lies 285 kilometers north of the capital Nairobi.
The government has also held hands together with religious leaders, county government officials, provincial administration and youth leaders, and NACADA in a fight against drug abuse. Most of the youths who are selling the drugs especially Kete have been arrested and arraigned in court. The government also through its spokesperson said that it will enforce strict rules and measures in the war against drug trafficking.
Effects of “Kete” on Families
“Kete” has made families break due to most of the breadwinners being the most affected. After taking the drug one is unable to perform his daily activities to buy food for his family leading to chaos in most of the families. Some have also not able to fulfill their “night duties” as husbands.
Increased Crime Rate due to “Kete”
Most of the affected people are youths who are jobless and some are hand to mouth workers. Many have become addicts and have not been able to raise the money to quench their thirst, turning them petty criminals to raise money to buy the drug (Kete). Some have lost their lives and others are behind bars.
With the help of the Government to put some of them in rehabilitation has been a battle since some of them are not willing to quit drugs. The government of Kenya has urge families to always be close to their loved ones and know their well-being because most of them get into drugs due to family differences, stress and depression.