A women lobby group based in Mombasa is urging the government to start taking Muguka seriously as drug that has mental effects.
The lobby group by the name Mombasa Women Empowerment Network runs a project of rehabilitating mentally ill persons from the streets of Mombasa.
According to the Chairperson Amina Abdalla, 80 out of the 90 addicts they have picked from the streets are more addicted to Muguka than Bhang.
“We were surprised to realise most of those we treated were actually addicted more to muguka than bhang. We think it is time the government started taking this muguka more seriously,” she says.
In 2019 the County government of Mombasa waged a war against Muguka after slapping them new stipulated fees under the in Finance Bill, 2019.