Politicians are the lead traffickers of heroin in Kenya, a European Union-funded report released last month has revealed.
The political elites are cited as the main obstacles in the fight to stop heroin trafficking.
“In Kenya, which one could characterize as a market where there is ‘multi-polar competition,’ drug traffickers have either campaigned directly for political office or are often linked to political interests,” states the report.
No names were given by the researchers who indicated that they interviewed several sources including senior Kenya Defence Forces officers and a veteran seafarer last September for the report.
An estimated 55,000 Kenyans are currently hooked to the drug in Kenya, compared to Tanzania’s 32,000.
It adds that drug was smuggled into the country by several players leading to significant competition.