Zimbabwe Cabinet reports on national responses to drug and substance abuse – The Zimbabwe Mail

Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Dr. Jenfan Muswere,

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Jenfan Muswere announced that the Cabinet has received and taken note of a comprehensive report on the national response to drug and substance abuse presented by the Minister of Home Affairs, Kazembe Kazembe.

On Tuesday, during a media briefing after a cabinet meeting in Harare, Minister Muswere detailed the results of a recent police operation targeting the illegal sale of alcohol. The action ended with numerous arrests and inspections of numerous liquor establishments.

“A joint effort involving the Liquor Licensing Authority and the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) resulted in the inspection of 724 liquor outlets and 124 shop owners arrested for breaching their license conditions,” Muswere stated.

In response to these findings, the Council of Ministers approved a significant increase in penalties for violators. The penalty for flouting alcohol licensing regulations has been increased from Level 5, which is $30, to Level 7, now set at $400 or its equivalent in Zimbabwe Gold (ZIG). Moreover, the perpetrators face imprisonment of up to two years.

Minister Muswere also updated on ongoing efforts to combat drug and substance abuse across Zimbabwe. A series of coordinated actions led to significant law enforcement activities and the dismantling of drug trafficking bases.

“The fight against drug and substance abuse is active in all provinces,” Muswere said. “Monitoring, surveillance and law enforcement activities led to the arrest of 2,373 people and the identification, raid and destruction of 48 bases in six provinces: Harare (10), Manicaland (25), Mashonaland Central (6), Matabeleland North (3) , Mashonaland West (2) and Midlands (2).”

The most commonly abused substances in Zimbabwe include alcohol, cannabis (locally known as mbanje or marijuana), methamphetamine (mutoriro), heroin and glue. Government efforts are focused on reducing the prevalence of these substances and reducing criminal activity related to them.

Minister Muswere reiterated the government’s commitment to address the challenges posed by drug and substance abuse, stressing the need for continued vigilance and coordinated action.

“The government’s commitment to combating drug and substance abuse is unwavering,” Muswere said. “We will continue to implement stringent measures and enforce the law to protect our communities from this growing threat.”

The report presented to the Council of Ministers highlights Zimbabwe’s proactive approach to combating drug and substance abuse and the illicit sale of alcohol. Through increased penalties and ongoing operations, the government aims to create a safer and healthier environment for all citizens.