Vice President Dr Constantino Chiwenga has called on the church in Zimbabwe to join forces with the government in addressing the escalating issue of drug and substance abuse among the youth. Speaking at the St Matthew Celebration Day in Glen View, Harare, Vice President Chiwenga emphasized the potential long-term consequences of this menace, which has the capacity to affect an entire generation.
The government has already implemented various strategies to combat drug abuse, which has not only impacted young people but also some elderly individuals. Recognizing the church as a moral authority, Vice President Chiwenga urged its active involvement in the fight against drug abuse.
The Vice President acknowledged the devastating effects of illicit substances on the mental, physical, and psychological well-being of numerous young people across the country. He stressed the importance of protecting communities and the nation from the harmful consequences of drug and substance abuse, emphasizing that Zimbabwe’s progress depends on its youth.
Vice President Chiwenga called upon all stakeholders to unite in the battle against drug abuse, as failure to do so would result in further detriment to individuals, particularly the youth. He highlighted the crucial role of the youth in the country’s socio-economic development and urged collective efforts to nurture them into responsible and exemplary citizens.
During the event, Vice President Chiwenga commended the parishioners of St Matthew Catholic Church in Glen View for their initiative in undertaking a church construction project. He noted that this endeavor aligned with the government’s objective of encouraging infrastructure development.
Furthermore, the Vice President encouraged the church to consider additional projects such as the construction of educational facilities, youth centers, vocational training centers, ICT centers, sports facilities, and libraries. He acknowledged the financial challenges faced by St Matthew Catholic Church and urged them to demonstrate resourcefulness in sustaining the development of their church.
Vice President Chiwenga expressed his satisfaction with the progress made by the parishioners since 2014 in their fundraising efforts for the church construction project. He commended their dedication and financial contributions, emphasizing their active participation in building the nation.
In conclusion, Vice President Chiwenga applauded the visionary leadership of the Roman Catholic Church and encouraged the Glen View parish to extend their efforts to benefit the surrounding community through projects that contribute to the nation’s welfare.
As a gesture of support, Vice President Chiwenga made a personal donation of US$10,000 towards the completion of the church, which is nearing its final stages.