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In the wake of mushrooming drug peddling ‘bases’ in Kwekwe, youths from the Midlands mining town have labelled Government the scapegoat for their abuse and overdependance on illicit substances, saying the indulgence on drugs was attributtable to spiralling levels of unemployment in the landlocked southern African nation.
Investigations conducted by midlands news indicate that there has been a surge in the number of ‘bases’ where all sorts of substances which include marijuana, Bron Cleer and chrystal meth are peddled on a daily basis.
The drug-peddling bases are predominantly found in the densely populated suburbs of Mbizo, Amaveni and BD mining compounds.
“It appears that these drug dealers have the blessings of some well-connected political personalities and the gangsters managing the bases are untouchable.
They are actually responsible for the rot affecting our societies, esspecially with the advent of new substances such as chrystal meth which is known as mutoriro,” said one drug addict who spoke to this publication on condition of anonimity.
The source further revealed that a number of corrupt police officers in the mining town are also benefitting from these drug peddling bases as they are literally on the payroll of the gangsters controlling the cartels.
“You may get to wonder why these drug dealers are not being arrested: how can they (the police) bite the same fingers that feed them? In actual fact, the drug peddling bases have become the cash-cows for the police officers as they supplement to the meagre monthly salaries these cops get,” the source further quipped.
A number of youths who were interviewed by this publication atttibuted the surge in drug abuse to high levels of unemployment currently bedevilling the country.
“What do you expect from the youths who have nowhere to work? There’s absolutely nowhere the youths can go because after they would have completed their high school, their only place is in the streets where drugs of all sorts are readily available,” one youth told midlandsnews.
The country’s high unemployment rate is fuelling a culture of drug use among the country’s urban youth. Experts say the trend is responsible for acts of violent crime, while medical practitioners are concerned about serious health repercussions for long-term users, which the country is poorly equipped to address.
Efforts to get a comment from Midlands Police spokesperson Inspector Joel Goko were fruitless by the time of publishing.
Kwekwe is also home to Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa.