Chitungwiza Mayor, Councillor Lovemore Maiko has expressed concern over drug abuse and the grisly killings being witnessed in the town. Councillor Maiko has implored everyone to be pro-active and deal with these incidences accordingly. Some common drugs being abused by the youth include Crystal Meth commonly referred to as Guka Makafela, Marijuana, Mutoriro, and many others.
It is against this background that I wish to challenge the public, residents as well the enforcement agents to be on the look-out and help to thwart these merciless killings. Again, as a result of increased substance use by the youth results in more severe violence that also leads to murder. We are losing our future leaders and this cannot continue under our watch.
The murder cases are now a cause for concern as reports are being made week in, week out. As of yesterday (21st of October 2021) a resident was murdered in Ward 7, and last week, another body was also found in Unit J. Therefore, it is my clarion call to all and sundry that we must unite and stop these incidences. Our community is now living in fear of the unknown. We need to create safe and habitable societies. It is therefore imperative that we come together as residents and address this problem to ensure that the sanctity of life is preserved.
Furthermore, I would like to urge parents to monitor their children so that they desist from abusing drugs. On the same note, it is high time that we engage the enforcement agents to assist us establish Neighbourhood Watch Committees who will patrol our environs. In addition, stakeholders in and around Chitungwiza should also come on board and amplify their voices against these scourges. As Council, we cannot win this war, but together we can.