March 22, 2013

Drugs War: Landlords to Be Arrested

Landlords whose tenants store or deal in narcotics and abuse drugs are bound to pay heavy fines in penalty or face imprisonment.
  The penalty shall be levied onto landlords in the know of the tenants’ actions and can only save them if they report the matter before the tenant is caught.

This is one of the many categories of people who could face the wrath of the law once the Narcotics and Psychotropic substances Control Bill 2007 is passed.

The Defence and Internal Affairs committee of Parliament has started considering the Bill and is now calling on stakeholders to share their views regarding the Bill.

Committee chairperson Milton Muwuma, who represents Kigulu South in Parliament, says they begun scrutinizing the Bill and it provides strong penalties even for non-users. These also include a person who blocks a police officer from accessing their premise with suspicion that there are drugs.

A police officer who alleges falsely that someone deals in drugs without proof could also be penalised.
The Bill also stipulates that any person who traffics in narcotic drugs is liable to a fine not less than ten million shillings or three times the value of the drug in addition to life imprisonment.

In respect of any substance not being a narcotic drug but being presented as narcotic, the culprit is liable to a fine not less than two million shillings but not exceeding 9.6 million shillings and imprisonment not exceeding 20 years.

The Narcotics Bill 2007 is meant to criminalise drug-related offenses under domestic law in conformity with Article 3 of the UN Convention against illicit drug trafficking.

It makes provision for the generation of resources for law enforcement agencies through confiscation of money and properties obtained from illicit trading and drugs.

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