Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta oversaw the operation to blow up the ship caught with the heroin haul worth over USD 11.3 million on Friday, August 29. The President – aboard a Kenya Air Force chopper, and the Kenya Navy in the warship KNS Jasiri – led journalists, security personnel and anti-narcotic officials as the ship and the drugs were blown up in the high seas.
The journalists aboard the Kenya Navy warship captured the destruction of the drugs confiscated last month. Some of the journalists had earlier witnessed the drugs being loaded into the ship that was blown up in the deep sea.
The President said the port of Mombasa would no longer be a passage for the importation of illicit drugs.
“We will not allow drug barons to destroy the future of our young people. We will track and deal with them decisively,” President Kenyatta said.
Addressing the press before the ship containing the illicit drugs slipped off, Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa said the Government will not relent and has enhanced the sea patrols to secure the future of Kenyan children by keeping them off drugs.
Earlier, the Government Chemist said the impounded drugs had been tested and confirmed to be heroin.
National Campaign Against Drug Abuse (NACADA) Chairman John Mututho said destruction of the drugs and the ship should serve as the final warning to drug barons.
He said owners of the destroyed drugs will be tracked down and prosecuted.
“We are investigating 50 suspected drug barons and we are sure we will recommend action by the end of the year,” Mututho said.