Penalties Enhanced For Drug Traffickers In Kenya.

Penalties Enhanced For Drug Traffickers In Kenya.

Lawmakers have backed a number of new sections to be inserted in the Narcotics, Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Control) Amendment Bill to enhance penalties for the offenses of drug traffickers.

The MPs agreed with the majority of NIS recommendations that will heavily punish property owners who allow their premises to be used as stations for manufacture and trading in drugs.

Tenants, landlords and property managers face a fine not less than Sh20 million or a term of imprisonment of not less than 10 years or both if their premises are used for drugs manufacture and trading.

The committee chaired by Kiambaa MP Paul Koinange wants the Bill amended to have a law enforcement officer or a public officer who works at the various exit and entry points face an Sh20 million fine or 20 years in prison for aiding trafficking of narcotics.

The committee has backed the imposition of hefty fines of up to Sh50 million or three times the value of the narcotics and 50 years in jail where one is found trafficking more than 100 grams of narcotics.

Those found peddling less than 100 grams will part with Sh30 million and serve 30 years in prison. Individuals found with bhang or cannabis intended solely for their own consumption have had a reduction of jail terms from 10 years to not more than five but will face an Sh100,000 fine.

Lawmakers have also endorsed an amendment that will see convicted drug traffickers and narcotic peddlers barred from seeking elective or appointive public office for 30 years after imprisonment.

Due to insufficient legal controls, last year, the US-flagged Kenya as a global hotspot for money laundering and a conduit of money used to fund terrorism.

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