Gambling and drug abuse among youths in Sabatia Sub County Vihiga County are on the rise, according to the area Deputy Commissioner Isaiah Tanui. He said the gambling business has become a menace in the area with most of the youth engaging in betting activities and drug abuse.
The Deputy County Commissioner said many gambling machines were easily accessed at the market centers in the Sub County. “Those doing this business have fixed the gambling machines in every shopping centers in the area and most of the youth now have embarked on gambling instead of engaging themselves in meaningful activities to better their lives,” Tanui said.
He added that drug abuse has taken over where cheap liquor is easily accessible in every village which has led to many young people dropping out of school.
Tanui noted that they have launched a serious crackdown on those who are in the business and those selling drugs to the youth in the Sub County.
“The crackdown exercise has been ongoing and we are going to intensify it to make sure we nab all those bent on messing up the lives of these young people by peddling drugs and engaging them in betting cycles,” he reiterated.