Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi has issued a heartfelt plea to Kenyan youth residing abroad, urging them to steer clear of irresponsible drinking and drug abuse, which he claims are contributing to a significant number of deaths within the diaspora community.
In a candid address on Wednesday, Sudi revealed that substance misuse and reckless drinking stand out as the primary culprits behind the untimely demise of many young Kenyans overseas. He expressed concern about Kenyan students who, in their pursuit of enjoyment, partake in parties and other activities while residing abroad. Sudi noted that even children from well-off families have succumbed to these vices, but their families often choose to downplay the role of substance abuse, characterizing the deceased as exemplary individuals.
“We’ve lost many children from accidents to suicide. Let us all speak the truth as parents if your child has been indulging in drug abuse. Say your child died while using drugs,” he said.
According to Sudi, the deaths of many young people in the diaspora are attributed to drug misuse and careless drinking, leading to fatal accidents and mysterious circumstances.
“Stop partying and forgetting where you’ve come from. The current trend is not good at all. I want to urge those of you in the US or Australia, and all the other countries, to stop hurting your parents and community at home,” Sudi emphasized.
The remarks from the MP follow the recent tragic incident in Australia where two Kenyan students lost their lives in a car crash that resulted in a fire. The families of the deceased students have expressed shock and sorrow, seeking assistance to repatriate their bodies back to Kenya. Another case involved the drowning of a 23-year-old Kenyan student at a popular Australian swimming location.
Sudi’s sentiments align with those of Alfred Koech, a Kenyan based in Australia, who has been outspoken about young people engaging in irresponsible drinking and unlawful activities, cautioning about the potential consequences on their immigration status. Many on social media have echoed Sudi’s concerns, acknowledging that drug usage and reckless drinking pose a serious threat not only to Kenyan youth abroad but also domestically. Some emphasize the need for parents to be aware of their children’s weaknesses before sending them overseas for studies.