President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed an inter-ministerial task force to find solutions to drug abuse, an issue that is affecting many youths in the country.
Many drug abusers blame the economic and humanitarian crisis in the country.
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Speaking at the official opening of the new Judicial Services Commission (JSC) Chinhoyi Courts building Friday, Mnangagwa said:
Drug abuse, especially among youths, has become a scourge in the country which has potential to damage society. I would like to see the JSC deal decisively with this scourge, and my government has appointed an inter-ministerial task force to find solutions to this problem.
He added that other state institutions such as police and other government departments should join forces in ending the societal problem.
JSC plans to establish a High Court seat following the completion of the state-of-the-art composite building that has taken the government 20 years to finish.
The establishment of a seat of the superior court at Chinhoyi would bring the number of High Court seats outside Harare to four.
Others are at Bulawayo, Mutare, and Masvingo.
The new complex in Chinhoyi has eight courtrooms, holding cells, over 40 offices, a library, a canteen, and a kitchen.
Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi said the government prioritised citizens’ easy access to justice which is one of the pillars of the National Development Strategy (NDS 1), an economic blueprint that runs until 2025.
The new project, which was part of the government’s 100-day cycle, was wholly funded by the government and is expected to ease judicial officers and other ancillary staff’s accommodation woes.
Construction contracted to a Chinese firm, Haulong, with help from the Public Works Ministry, began in 2001 and had been stalled due to lack of funding.
Works re-started early 2018 at the inception of Mnangagwa’s administration.