Kwale Governor Achani Increases Charges on Muguka to 300,000 form 10k

Kwale Governor Fatuma Achani has proposed a substantial increase in the charges for transporting Muguka within the county. This measure, announced during the Madaraka Day celebrations, aims to raise the fee from Ksh 10,000 to Ksh 300,000 per lorry. The proposed hike is part of the upcoming County Finance Bill for 2024/2025, which seeks to address the growing concerns about Muguka consumption among the youth.

Governor Achani highlighted the adverse effects of Muguka, a type of khat, on the younger population. While a complete ban on Muguka is legally unattainable, the governor believes that imposing higher transportation fees will significantly reduce its availability and discourage its use. The new regulations are intended to curb the negative social impacts associated with the substance, including addiction and its related health and social issues.

The governor’s proposal has garnered mixed reactions. Supporters argue that the increased charges will help to protect the youth from the harmful effects of Muguka. They believe that making Muguka less affordable and harder to obtain will lead to a decrease in its consumption, ultimately benefiting the community’s overall health and well-being.

Opponents, however, have raised concerns about the economic implications of the steep fee hike. They argue that such a significant increase could adversely affect the livelihoods of those involved in the Muguka trade, from farmers to transporters. There is also apprehension that the measure might lead to an increase in illegal trade and smuggling of the substance, as people look for ways to circumvent the high costs.

The proposal is now awaiting approval from the county assembly. If passed, it will become a part of the County Finance Bill for the next fiscal year, setting a new precedent for the regulation of Muguka within Kwale County. The outcome of this legislative process will be closely watched by stakeholders and residents alike.

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