Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua has voiced her concerns regarding the ban on the sale of muguka in Mombasa and Kilifi counties, stating that the ban presents a contradiction. In her statement, Karua highlighted that while the sale of muguka has been prohibited in these two counties, it is legally recognized by the government of Kenya.

Emphasizing the need for clarity, Karua asserted that the position of the Ministry of Agriculture must be clarified to address the contradictions arising from the ban. She urged for transparency in communicating the ministry’s stance to facilitate resolution.

Karua took to social media to express her concerns, questioning the position of the Ministry of Agriculture in light of the Crop (Miraa) Regulations 2021, which acknowledges both miraa and muguka as legitimate crops. She stressed the urgency of resolving the existing contradiction to provide clarity and guidance to all stakeholders involved.

Furthermore, Karua emphasized the importance of open discussions among leaders to achieve a mutually beneficial outcome. She called for dialogue not only on the muguka ban but also on the broader issue of combating substance abuse, particularly the proliferation of hard drugs across the country.

These remarks from Karua come in the wake of Mombasa Governor Abdulswamad Nassir’s directive to ban the sale and use of muguka and its products in the county. Governor Nassir issued an executive order mandating the immediate closure of all outlets selling or distributing muguka, with strict enforcement by county departments.

Citing concerns about the negative impact of muguka on public health and well-being, Governor Nassir highlighted its link to mental health issues and the associated social, economic, and environmental consequences. The decision to ban muguka was made in consultation with the National Authority for the Campaign Against Drug Abuse (Nacada).

Following Mombasa’s lead, Kilifi County also implemented a similar ban through Executive Order No. 1 of 2024. Governor Gideon Mung’aro directed all enforcement officers to ensure the comprehensive enforcement of the ban on entry, transportation, distribution, sale, and use of muguka within Kilifi.

The bans issued by Mombasa and Kilifi counties have sparked mixed reactions among residents, with some supporting the measures while others oppose them. Additionally, counties known for muguka cultivation have threatened legal action to challenge the directives, underscoring the complexity of the issue and the need for dialogue and resolution.