Tuesday June 24, 2014
From today (24 June), anyone in Britain who possesses or supplies khat will be breaking the law. This Government’s decision to ban the drug has been welcomed by people across the country – especially those whose husbands, sons, fathers and brothers use it. They have been urging governments for years – decades, in fact – to act. And I want to tell readers the three big reasons why I think it was right for us to do so.
First and foremost, it is our duty to protect vulnerable members of society. Khat’s ingredients – cathine and cathinone – are already illegal in this country. And we have good reasons to be concerned about the potential damage of khat abuse to people’s health.
But what is most concerning is khat’s social impact. While it may be used on special occasions in countries like Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, it is estimated that nearly half of all British Somali men chew it – and that one in ten men chews it every day, sometimes for hours on end. As a result, their communities blame khat for family breakdown, unemployment, debt and crime links to the global illicit drugs trade. And that is why these communities – and this Government – have said ‘enough is enough’.
It shows that this is a Government which cares about, and listens to, our British Somali community. We are making efforts to rebuild Somalia, with an £80 million aid programme which is feeding starving children and creating jobs. We have co-chaired two conferences to bring the world together to help the process of rebuilding this vital country. We have successfully combatted piracy and continue to tackle extremism. We stood side by side with the country during the 2011 famine, vaccinating children and giving people safe water to drink. And now we have listened to the views of so many British Somalis who have asked us to act on the issue of khat.
Second, I believe our duty as politicians is to help people to get on in life. That is a Conservative principle: that people who work hard should be able to reach their potential. And everything we do in Government – creating jobs, improving education, cutting taxes – is underpinned by that mission to help people succeed. But with many khat users up all night chewing, unable to function during the day, and stuck in a cycle of dependence, they are being held back from playing their part in society.
Of course there were some who told us that it is not the business of Government to interfere in this issue. I believe they are wrong. Because if something poses a threat to people and their families, then however few of them and whatever their background, it has no place in Britain.
Third, this country is fast becoming the khat smuggling capital of Europe. The drug is already banned across most of the continent, as well as America and Canada. Just last month a report by the United Nations showed that these countries reported increasing seizures of (Ethiopian and Kenyan) khat smuggled via the UK. Britain should not be a part of this – and we want to end it once and for all.
So those are the three big reasons why it’s right we are banning khat. This Government’s overriding aim is to give people security and peace of mind in every area of life. Removing this drug from our streets and from people’s lives is one important way of doing that.
British Prime Minister
Ra'iisul Wasaaraha Dalka Britain iyo xayiraadda Qaadka dalka Britain
“Laga bilaabo manta (June 24), qofkii dalka Britain ku dhex haysta QAAD ama qaybinaya, waa qof sharciga jabinaya. Go’aanka dowladu ay ku joojisay maan-dooriyahaan, waa laga soo dhaweeyay dalkaan, gaar ahaan kuwa uu haligay xaasaskooda, nimankood, iyo wiilashooda; kuwaasoo sanado badan halgan ugu jiray joojinta qaadka. Anigu waxaan rabaa inaan u sheego dadka saddex sababood oo waawayn, oo igu qancinaya inaan ku saxsanahay joojintiisa.
Waxaan u arkaa waajib i saaran daafaca iyo u hiilinta dadka tabarta yare ee u nugul dhibaata kasta ee bulshadeena. Maxaa yeelay curiyayasha qaadka ee Cathine iyo Cathinone, horay ayay dalkaan sharci daro uga ahaayeen, waana arrin naga mudan fiiro iyo ka feker dhibaatada ay u keeni karto caafimaadka dadka.
Sidoo kale waxaan qiimaynaynaa dhibaatada bulsho ee qaadku leeyahay. Inkastoo waqtiyo gaar ah laga cuno wadamada ay ka mid yihiin, Somalia, Ethiopia iyo Kenya, hadana waxaa la qiyaasay in ugu yaraan kala badh raga Soomaalida ee ku noo Ingriiska ay barjeeyaan, iyadoo tobankii nin midkood uu maalin kasta qayilo, saacado badana ku dhumiyo fadhigaas. Sidaas daraadeena, waxaa qaybo badan oo ka mid ah bulshadu, u aaneeyaan qaadka burburka qowska. Shaqo la’aanta, shaxaadka, iyo ganacsiga sharci darada/kontobaanka ah ee maandooriyaasha. Arrimahaanu waxay ka mid yihiin sababta Jaaliyadda Soomaaliyeed iyo dawladuba ay u go’aansadeen joojinta qaadka oo aan dhibtiisa loo sii dulqaadan Karin.
Tani waxay ina tusaysaa sida dowladani ugu heelan tahay daryeelka iyo u nuglaanta cabashada muwaadiniinta ka tirsan Jaaliyada Soomaaliyeed. Waxaan kaloo dadaal ku bixinaynaa dib- u- dhiska dalkii Soomaaliya oo aan u qoondaynay £80 milyan oo ganiga isterliinka ah si loo quudiyo carruurta tabaalaysan, loona abuuro shaqo-siin. Horay waxaan wax uga gudoominay laba shirwayne caalami oo ku saabsanaa dib-u-dhiska Soomaalya. Waxaan ku guulaysanay la dagaalanka burcad-badeedka iyo u jilib-dhigida argagixisada. Waxaanu Soomaaliya ka garab istaagnay macaluushii abaarta ee 2011kii, talaalkii caruurta, iyo in la helo biyo nadiif ah. Haddana waxaanu ka jawaabaynaa codsigii in badan oo ka tirsan Jaaliyad Soomaaliyeed ee dalkaan Ingiriiska oo ahaa in wax laga qabto dhibaatada qaadka.
Tan labaad waxay tahay in siyaasi ahaan aan rumaaysan inaan shacabkayga ku taageero u halgenka nolol aayatiin leh, waana arrin mabda’ u ah siyaasada xisbigayaga oo ah in dadku heer sare ka garaan dhinacyada shaqada, tacliinta iyo hoos u dhigida canshuuraha, taasoo aan suuragal u noqon Karin qof habaynkii oo dhan qaad u fadhiya, maalintiina aan shaqo hawaysan Karin oo marqaansan, markaasna ay seegayso kaalintii uu ku lahaa howlaha bulshada iyo qowskiisiiba.
Way jiraan dad qaba in arrintan qaadku ayan ahayn shaqada dowlada,waase ku khaldan yihiin sida anigu aan rumaysnahay; maxaa yeelay wa kasta oo dadka iyo beelaha dhib u keeni kara, dalkan Ingriiska, madaxdiisaba loogama dulqaadan karo, ha yaraadeen dadka cabanayaa ama Jaaliyad kasta ha ka soo jeedeene.”
Tan saddexaadi waxay tahay, wadankaan Ingiriiska oo deg-deg u noqonaya xaruntii Europe loo marsiinaya qaadka kontrobaanka ah. Maandooriyahaan (qaadka) mar hore ayaa qaaradaan Yurub, Maraykanka iyo Kanadaba laga xaaraameeyay
Marka sadexdaas arrimood baa ugu waawayn sababaha aan ugu qanacnay joojinta qaadka. Ujeededa wayn ee dowladanu arrintaan qaadka ka leedahayna waa in dadku helo deganaansho iyo xasilooni dhinac kasta oo nolosha ah. Ka’ ilaalint maandooriyahaan dhaqanka iyo nolosha dadkeena iyo wadooyinka ay maraan carruurteenu waxay saldhig u ahayd go’aanka aanu manta qaadka ka gaarnay.
Ra'iisul Wasaaraha dalka Britain