Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua remains steadfast in his commitment to eradicate the menace of drugs and alcohol abuse, particularly within the Mt Kenya region.
.During a meeting with Members of County Assembly from Nyandarua at his residence in Karen, Gachagua emphasized his willingness to sacrifice his political ambitions for the noble cause of combating substance abuse and protecting the younger generation.
Expressing deep concern for the youth, who he believes are disproportionately affected by the drug crisis, Gachagua reiterated his dedication to the fight against drugs, underscoring the need to rescue the youth from the clutches of addiction.
“We will not relent in this war. Many people have tried to dissuade me from it, but we will not. If by enacting laws to protect the next generation from extinction,” he said.
“If by making sure that the law is strictly enforced to save the next generation from extinction if that will bring our political careers to an end, so be it.”
He emphasized the detrimental impact of leading a population mired in alcoholism, stressing that such a state hinders productivity within families and communities.
Commending the Nyandarua County government’s proactive stance, Gachagua praised the adoption of the Nyandarua County Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2023, as a crucial step in curbing the sale of illicit brews. He specifically applauded the members of the Nyandarua County Assembly for their role in passing the bill, highlighting the significance of collective efforts in addressing the challenges posed by substance abuse.
The Nyandarua County Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2023, received swift approval and was signed into law by Nyandarua Governor Kiarie Badilisha on January 19, 2024, just two days after its passage by the County Assembly. Gachagua’s endorsement of such legislative measures reflects his alignment with initiatives aimed at creating a healthier and more productive society by tackling the root causes of substance abuse.