Judiciary establishes court in village to boost war on drugs among youth

LSK Kiambu branch chairman Daniel Gachau speaking to journalists at Kamwangi, Gatundu North, where a new court of law has been established.

The Judiciary has established a new law court at Kamwangi village in Gatundu North, Kiambu County, to intensify the fight against illicit alcohol and drugs, which largely affects youth.

Leaders and locals welcomed the move, which they said will also bring legal services closer to the people and reduce costs incurred seeking such services in Thika and Gatundu towns.

Speaking during a public open day organized by the Gatundu Law Courts at the Kamwangi Sub-county headquarters, area MP Njoroge Kururia described the development as a significant step in the fight against crime, drunkenness and drug abuse, which he said have ruined the lives of hundreds of young men in the area.

“Our people have been struggling to access legal services and they’ve been forced to seek them in Gatundu South or Thika. Establishment of this court will go a long way in settling disputes as well as addressing the legal needs of our people,” he said.

Drug dealers and manufacturers of illicit brews, he said, will have to vacate the constituency as the new court will ease their prosecution and possible jailing.

“Criminals who have been perpetrating this illegal trade will be dealt with by the law here in Kamwangi. Soon this region will be free of the cheap liquor and drugs,” he said.

Law Society of Kenya (LSK) officials who attended the occasion led by Kiambu branch chairman Daniel Gachau commended the government for the gesture.

Gatundu Principal Magistrate Daniel Musyoka said the new court, once officially opened, will ease the backlog of cases and help bring justice to marginalized groups like the physically challenged.

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