By Tapiwa Machemedze
The ZANU PF Youth League has rallied young people to abstain from drug and substance abuse and engage in meaningful activities to ensure a better future.
Young people in rural areas have not been spared from the scourge of drug and substance like their urban counterparts, with the ZANU PF Youth League embarking on an anti-drug abuse drive in Chiweshe area of Mazowe District.
Addressing young people at Bare Secondary School in Chiweshe this Saturday, ZANU PF Youth League National Political Commissar Cde Tsungai Makumbe urged youths to desist from drug abuse and focus on shaping their future through engaging in sports and developmental projects.
“The President of the country is saying the youths must leave drugs and substance abuse. Drugs are costing us a lot of youth, some are drinking tumbwa, some kachasu some smoking substances from pampers which is why we want to emphasise the President’s call that we should abstain from drugs. Let’s be more productive as the youth and shape our future,” said Cde Makumbe.
Young people who benefited from sport kits donated by Cde Makumbe said the equipment will help youths in Chiweshe avoid substance abuse.
“‘We are grateful for this donation and it will help us as we do sport to occupy our time,” a youth said.
Another noted, “When we are idle as young people that’s when we get ideas to engage in substance abuse, but we are hopeful that will not happen in this community thanks to the sports kits.”
16 teams took part in the event which also targeted to drum up support for President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the 2023 harmonised elections, with young people being encouraged to register to vote.