Anti-drug campaign launched in Beitbridge rural
TWO NATIONS REPORTER
BEITBRIDGE-Rainbow Youth in Tourism and Environment of Zimbabwe and Lotsha 90.1 FM have held a belated International Day Against Drug Abuse and illicit trafficking and launched Lutumba Youth in Tourism at Lutumba Business Centre on Tuesday.
The commemorations were held under the theme; Lutumba Ndi Hayani.
Zanu PF aspiring councillor for Beitbridge Rural District Council (RDC) Ward 15 Oscar Chiromo was the guest of honour.
Lutumba is Beitbridge rural some 20km outside the border town along Beitbridge-Masvingo Highway. Local leaders also attended the commemorations.
Chiromo urged youth to desist from drug and substance abuse which has become rampant in the community.
He said youth will not aid the country in realising vision 2030 if they succumb to drug abuse as they are the nation’s intellectual force and man power. He also said that drug abuse should be tackled as a community problem not on an individual basis.
“There are a lot of people who have been victims of house breaking and shop lifting by drug addicts. These crimes are being committed by addicts trying to raise money to buy more drugs.
“We need to stop the drug sellers and the addicts so that it doesn’t affect the youngsters. That is why today we have invited both school children and the community to make them aware of the dangers of drugs and substance abuse,” said Chiromo.
The event was held to educate youth on the dangers of drug abuse. The community was also educated on how to rehabilitate addicts.
Students were drawn from Elshaddai, Mount Sinai, Shalom and Matakadza Mbilu schools.
Rainbow Youth in Tourism director Kudakwashe Garaipasi said they joined the anti-drug campaign to spread their tourism drive to rural areas.
“We joined the campaign to advocate the dangers of drug abuse. We are spreading our tourism drive to rural Beitbridge. Our motive is to leave no one and no place behind,” he said.
The organisation is also carrying out Conservation Tourism Campaign in the border town and their recent campaign was held at Mbedzi Shopping Center
Beitbridge’s proximity to South Africa has seen most people succumbing to drugs and illegal activities which are a cause for concern. Some are now mentally ill while some are in jail owing to drug abuse and crimes such as armed robberies on the border post.