Government Intensifies Fight Against Drug and Substance Abuse

The Zimbabwean Cabinet reviewed the ongoing efforts to combat drug and substance abuse across the country, following a report presented by the Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, Honourable K. Kazembe. These efforts are part of a national response led by the National Committee on Drug and Substance Abuse.

The crackdown on drug and substance abuse has resulted in the arrest of 2,373 individuals and the destruction of 48 drug bases in six provinces: Harare, Manicaland, Mashonaland Central, Matabeleland North, Mashonaland West, and Midlands. Joint operations by the Liquor Licensing Board and the Zimbabwe Republic Police inspected 724 liquor premises, leading to 124 arrests for license violations. To strengthen these efforts, the Cabinet approved an increase in fines from USD 30 to USD 400 or imprisonment for up to two years.

Educational initiatives have reached 25,792 youths in Masvingo, Mashonaland Central, Matabeleland North, and Manicaland provinces, and 569,969 learners were sensitized in schools through various programs. The Ministry of Women Affairs has also conducted awareness campaigns reaching 14,951 people, focusing on issues such as gender-based violence, child marriages, and financial literacy.

Community involvement plays a crucial role, with 16,529 individuals trained in income-generating projects like poultry and detergent making. Religious organizations have joined the fight, promoting drug-free lifestyles among youths. Empower Bank has supported young people with starter packs, and the revamped Youth Service in Zimbabwe Programme trained 101 youths, with more enrollments expected.

The Youth Build Zimbabwe initiative saw 1,900 youth volunteers participating in community development projects, aiming to foster volunteerism and responsibility among the youth.

These comprehensive efforts highlight the government’s commitment to tackling drug and substance abuse and promoting a healthier, more responsible society.

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