By Judith Gicobi
The National Police Service has denounced a popular video showing an underage child consuming what appears to be marijuana.
NPS stated in a statement on Thursday that it was wrong and immoral for adults to capture such clips. They said that doing so constitutes a crime and is illegal.
“Attention of the NPS is drawn to a circulating disturbing and gross video clip on social media depicting an underage child seated comfortably smoking what may be clearly interpreted as a prohibited substance commonly known as “bhang,” NPS said.
“NPS is therefore appalled, and wish to advise the public not to openly engage in acts that are defiant of of the law. Equally, violations of rights of children, especially minors constitute a criminal offense and our teams are investigating the matter in effort to bring the suspects to book.”
The conduct and its filming appear to have been carried out by either adults, according to the police, who expressed their alarm.
Kenyans were advised by the police to refrain from disseminating the video and instead work with them to combat drugs and other illegal substances.
“Those spreading the clip are also abetting the violation of the law and rights of the minor, and should “cease and desist” from onward transmission of the same,” NPS added.
The police said that they will step up their enforcement and surveillance efforts against narcotics and other illegal substances and pleaded with people to help.
“We call upon the general public to cooperate with us in this endeavor.”