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President calls on the church to help end drug abuse

Story by ZBC Reporter

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has called on the church to play its part in ending the vices affecting the country as witnessed by a surge in drug abuse cases.

The President was addressing congregants at an Easter Service of the Methodist in Zimbabwe Church at Jonasi Primary School in Seke, Chitungwiza.

The service was attended by congregants from Chitungwiza West, Dzivarasekwa, Harava, Trinity and Seke Circuits.

“The Church must play its part towards the eradication of vices such as drugs and substance abuse, crime, bullying, as well as other anti-social behaviour. In this regard, I commend the youth who are heeding calls by my Government, parents and guardians to shun the use of drugs and harmful substances. Let us all continue on this
path and nurture the right morals among our children,” said President Mnangagwa.

“Going forward, I urge the youth to encourage each other towards entrepreneurship, the utility of hard honest work, production and productivity. I once again invite the youth to come on board and help build our country Zimbabwe, brick by brick, stone upon stone and step by step, taking advantage of my Government’s empowerment programmes for the youth and women.

“It is our collective duty to modernise, industrialise and grow our economy across all provinces and districts.”

Church leadership reiterated the need for peace in the church and the nation at large while thanking the Head of State for making time to meet with congregants.

“The leadership is God-fearing. We have a relationship with the government. As the President said, there should be peace in the church and the nation, hence we expect and preach peace. I am glad the President preached peace in the church, the Lord decides,” said Reverend George Mawire, the Presiding Bishop for the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe.

“It is good that as we commemorate Easter, we have our leaders with us which is a good sign of the relationship the church has with the government. This should prevail, it is a blessing for the church,” said Reverend Sithembile Madiridzire of the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe.

Having received unwavering government support, the church has participated in infrastructure development through the construction of schools and hospitals to transform lives in various committees.

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