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Drug abuse rampant among ZPCS officers-Chihobvu

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Drug abuse rampant among ZPCS officers-Chihobvu


Martin Muleya

MUTARE-The Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service (ZPCS) Commissioner General, Moses Chihobvu has said his organisation is dismissing officers found abusing drugs.
He said this when he officiated at inaugural C.G golf tournament held at Hillside Golf Club in Mutare last week.
Chihobvu said drug abuse has become rampant among ZPCS officers and this is a cause for concern.
“The issue of drug and substance abuse is not only a cause for concern to offenders who would have been brought to our prisons, but even my officers have joined the bandwagon. We have a challenge with drugs in our society.
“We should take this issue of tackling drugs seriously, and as for my organisation we are off-loading officers abusing drugs. This is not the solution as those who would be offloaded from the force have families to be looked after,” fumed Chihobvu.
Chihobvu’s sentiments were supported by Big Rock Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Blessing Mangwiro who pledged US$10 000 to rehabilitate drug abusers in Manicaland through the ZPCS office.
“This is a fund I am unveiling through the Manicaland ZPCS office, and this money will be disbursed the way they see fit. The most affected people are young women, girls and men in Sakubva. Our communities are lacking the social fabric that brings the oneness,” said Mangwiro.
Chihobvu also highlighted that the inaugural CG Goodwill Trust Fund in Manicaland raised over US$10 000.
The money has been channeled towards educational needs for 357 orphans of deceased officers and others from communities.
“Pursuant to such works of benevolence as an organization we are also catering for those with special needs. Two children from this province have received wheelchairs to ease their mobility challenges. Manicaland province in its maiden fundraising golf tournament has surpassed its US$10 000 target,” he added.
A beneficiary of the Trust Fund Sam Bumbate (22) who lost both parents at young age praised the initiative of uplifting the less privileged.
He lost both parents while in Grade 3 and the trust fund paid his school up until he finished O Level and joined the ZPCS.

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