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President Mnangagwa calls upon chiefs and churches to end drug & substance abuse

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PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is also ZANU PF’s First Secretary, has called on chiefs and churches to work with their communities to end drug and substance abuse as a way of defending the country’s heritage and ensuring continuity of the ethos of the ruling party.

The President said this while addressing thousands of party supporters at the Matabeleland Province Star Rally held at Nkayi Centre this Sunday.

“Currently, our young generation is being affected by the use of drugs. We are calling on you our chiefs to fight drug abuse, and the church also. When our children, the youths, drink and use substances like crystal meth, they get high (vanosticker). How do we entrust the future of our country to such people?” asked the President.

President Mnangagwa called on everyone to work hard and ensure food security saying laziness is not rewarded under the Second Republic.

“Today as the free people of Zimbabwe we shall build and develop our economy from the household level up to the national level. We build our nation brick by brick, stone upon stone, step by step to make the Zimbabwe we all want. In Shona we say, tinodya cheziya, (we eat what we kill), so production is the way to go, production from the household level up to the national level. We must preach it, those who are lazy must not eat. In the Bible, in the book of Genesis, it says those who do not work and are lazy must die.

“We have introduced a model of agriculture that addresses food security at household level, Pfumvudza. Every village receives this to address the issue of food security. The Second Republic has introduced various schemes and programmes through the Ministry of Agriculture, the poultry project and heifer scheme for every household and all this is so we can be food secure where there is water,” said the President.

The President also reiterated the issue of peace as the nation gets ready to go to the polls on August 23.

“Our party remains clear and committed to defending our sovereignty and peace. Let us all reject violence. We must reject, tribalism and hate speech. Yes, we are diverse in languages and culture, but we are all one people and as we go back home after this rally, let us tell the people that ZANU PF is unstoppable. Everyone can fit in the pocket of ZANU PF, but no one can take it and put it in their pocket.”

The President also welcomed the former Vice President, Phelekezela Mphoko who was present at the rally.

“I would like to acknowledge my brother here. We grew up together with Cde Phelekezela Mphoko and I am very grateful that he is here today to support me,” said the President.

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