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Mututho opposes attempts legalise Marijuana in Kenya – KBC

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Former National Authority for the Campaign against Drug Abuse Chairman John Mututho has called on the national assembly to reject any attempts to to legalize the use of Marijuana in the country.

Mututho argues that the move by Kibra Mp Ken Okoth to introduce Marijuana Control Bill 2018 in parliament was myopic as it down plays the long term and adverse psychological effects of the substance to possible addicts.

Mututho observed that legalization of the drug is counterproductive to the well being of Kenyans terming it suicidal, superficial and going against the Christian principles of this Country.

He said while it will provide practical solutions in the field of medicine, it poses a threat to the already weighed down health service in the country.

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The Marijuana Control Bill 2018 which has aroused heated debate in recent days seeks to decriminalize the use of the substance while drawing up elaborate regulations for growth and use of the herb.

Mututho argues that unrestrained use of marijuana will become an inevitable consequence if the President assents the bill to law.

He notes a possible rise in the number of addicts seeking the usually costly mental health services will overstretch health facilities already struggling to operate.

In a research backed report he shared with the press in Nakuru, bhang has over 400 chemical substances which trigger cancer and mental problems to users. Some of the residual effects to humans of these substances are irreversible, leading to permanent mental and reproductive disorders.

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The report indicates that bhang smoke contains 50 per cent more tar (cancer causing substances) than smoke from a high tar cigarette. Its residual effects to smokers can last a lifetime and leads to mental problems to some users.

In light of the damaging effects to life, Mututho also wants the civil society and the clergy to rise against the bill saying it is detrimental to the anticipated cohesive social growth of a country that is keen on ridding itself of drugs and substance abuse.

He says the bill is geared towards developing an intractable criminal enterprise that will reverse the few economic gains achieved over the years.

Mututho joins the fray of analysts who argue that de-criminalization of Marijuana will cause an uptick in crime which in turn will negate economic growth as envisaged by the government`s ambitious development blue print.

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Suluhu: Closer ties for Kenya and Tanzania

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?President Samia Suluhu’s address to Parliament was a masterclass in charm, punctuated by periodic applause and stomping of feet by Kenyan lawmakers.

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Covid-19 deaths, hospitalizations soar among youth in Americas – KBC

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Hospitalizations and deaths of younger people are surging as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates across Latin America and the Caribbean, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa Etienne said on Wednesday.

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“Adults of all ages – including young people – are becoming seriously ill. Many of them are dying,” Etienne said at her daily press briefing as quoted in a PAHO release.

In Brazil, mortality rates doubled among those younger than 39, quadrupled among those in their 40s, and tripled for those in their 50s, between December 2020 and March 2021, she said.

“For much of the pandemic, our hospitals were filled with elderly COVID patients, many of whom had pre-existing conditions that made them more susceptible to severe disease,” Etienne said. “But look around intensive care units across our region today. You’ll see they’re filled not only with elderly patients, but also with younger people.”

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Etienne urged hospitals in the region to increase the size of intensive care units (ICU) in anticipation that the trend will continue, while warning that expansion of ICUs cannot continue indefinitely.

As a result, she urged nations to double down on prevention measures such as lockdowns and facemasks.

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Uhuru wa biashara, Suluhu ya vikwazo: How Kenya-Tanzania trade will be streamlined

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President Uhuru Kenyatta with his Tanzania counterpart Samia Suluhu, who is on a two-day state visit in Kenya.[PSCU]

President Uhuru Kenyatta says ministers from both Kenya and Tanzania should resolve all non-tariff barriers and other restrictions affecting the two countries within four months.
Uhuru, on Wednesday said going forward, there will be no business visa or work permits for Tanzanian wishing to do business in the country.
“You are free to come and trade here in Kenya, there will be no business visas or work permits as long as you abide by the laws of the land,” he said.
Uhuru was speaking during the Kenya-Tanzania Investment Forum at Serena hotel. The forum was in line with President Samia Suluhu’s two-day state visit.
Kenya has about 513 companies doing business in Tanzania compared to Tanzania’s 30 in Nairobi.
Uhuru said in the next two weeks, concerned ministers from both sides should clear all the traffic jams at the Taveta and Namanga border points.
Uhuru said they should pay a special focus to the issuance of Covid-19 certificates to ease the movement of  transit cargo.
“I direct that all the maize lying at the border be cleared in two weeks. We cannot subject businesses to more suffering,” Uhuru said.

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Uhuru urged the ministers to move swiftly and ensure the ease of doing business at the border pointswas decisively tackled.
“It is not about wearing suits and meeting over tea.Get to the ground and understand what is affecting those traders. Don’t just sit in those offices. If you need to consult, do it and get the work done,” he said.
Uhuru’s sentiments came shortly after the Kenya Business Community nsaid it was ready to trade with the Tanzanian business community.
Led by the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce (KNCC), the community proposed the formulation of a Joint Business Council that will support the two countries.
KNCC President Fred Ngatia said the council would play a key role in addressing issues that bedevil  Nairobi-Dar trade,
The community said there should be policy forums and investment-focused events that will target small-scale enterprises.
“We are going to focus more on economic projects by identifying favourable financing institutions that will help us settle some of the commercial disputes affecting our community,” Ngatia said.
He said this will be made possible through the Public-Private Partnerships offered by the government.
As a result, KNCC in partnership with the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce will host a trade and investment exhibition in Dar es Salaam this August aiming to help SMEs unlock their potential.
So far Trade and Agriculture ministers from the two sides have had a breakfast meeting and agreed to initiate bilateral discussion before the end of the month.
Trade CS Betty Maina said the discussions aim to iron out all issues that have been hampering trade between the two countries.
This includes issues surrounding maize import.
President Samia Suluhu said her government was ready to serve as a bridge to pave way for businesses between the two countries to thrive.
“It is not about competing and complicating things, but about developing business relationships to allow both parties to explore opportunities,” she said.
Suluhu said while Tanzania is rich with natural resources and tourist attractions, Kenya is thriving in the ICT world and thus the need for exchange of skills on research and development.
“Muna bahati sana maanake upande mmoja mnao Uhuru wa kufanya biashara na upande mwingine Suluhu la kuondoa vikwazo,” Suluhu said.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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