Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Hamad Wants War On Drug Abuse Fought At Grassroots

Zanzibar — ZANZIBAR could be a narcotic drug free state if people in each ward declared war against the drugs, Zanzibar First Vice- President, Seif Sharif Hamad said on Friday in Pemba Islands.

"Each village and ward should work together, be committed and declare war against illicit drugs. Definitely, drugs business will find no room in Zanzibar," Hamad said.The first vice-president gave the advice while officiating at the launch of the 'Mtoni People's Development Association', registered as Jumuiya ya Maendeleo ya Watu wa Mtoni (JUWAMPE) in Chakechake, Pemba.

Hamad said that drugs business and drug abuse is high in Zanzibar, cautioning that the Isles risk a bleak future if war on drugs fails.He added, "If your son, daughter, or brother is not using drugs, do not think you are safe. Zanzibar is facing a real danger with its many youths using drugs," Hamad said.

Mkele, and Kwalinato wards on Unguja Islands were examples that it is possible to control drug abuse. "Drug abuse in these areas is under control as the people themselves decided jointly not to allow drug abuse."Hamad said the government through his office is struggling to find ways of ending the menace and Zanzibaris should join the war.

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