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Police in Bulawayo arrested rowdy youths found in the central business district and have increased deployment of officers to deal with the scourge of vuzu parties.

Teenagers take drugs and often engage in risky unprotected group sex at the parties.

Police said there is a growing trend of youths causing anarchy in the city centre or organising the infamous parties on the last Saturday before schools open and first Saturday after schools close.

Schools open for the second term on Tuesday.

Bulawayo acting police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube said cops would not only target the rowdy youths but also kombi crews that usually transport them to party destinations.

“On May 2 Officer Commanding Bulawayo Central District Chief Superintendent Elizabeth Phiri held a meeting with several stakeholders including social welfare, National Aids Council, Bulawayo City Council land inspection officers, Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and two representatives from parents’ bodies,” said Insp Ncube.

“Of concern was the risky behaviour by these youths, who will be drunk, a nuisance in the city centre and making noise while riding on kombis and hanging from the windows of the cars. There is also a concern that these kids would be abusing dangerous drugs.”

He said in the meeting they resolved to arrest those youths who would be found to be disorderly, drunk and causing commotion in the city centre.

“We want to warn all the youths that we have resolved to increase police deployments in anticipation of their rowdy behaviour. We will also arrest kombi drivers who provide these teenagers with transport and impound their vehicles. Therefore, we are appealing to parents to pay closer attention to their children’s activities so that they will not be found on the wrong side of the law,” he said.

Insp Ncube said they will also be conducting an anti-drugs campaign in the city centre as they worry that teens were abusing dangerous substances.

Last week on Saturday, police arrested 49 youths aged between 15 and 25 years for criminal nuisance and public drinking.

Meanwhile, parents in Bulawayo have been urged to create a culture of dialogue with their children in order to preserve the moral fabric of the city’s communities and the future of youths.

At a #Anti Vuzu parties stakeholders’ meeting organised by the Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association (BPRA) at City Presbyterian Church yesterday, it was resolved that intensive research be undertaken to find the root cause of teenage delinquency and moral degradation, as evidenced by the rise of vuzu parties.

The meeting was attended by various youth-centred non-governmental organisations.

Speaking at the meeting, Junior Chamber International Bulawayo chapter local president Mrs Sinqobile Demadema said sexual immorality among the youth was worrying, adding that some girls as young as 13 years are selling their bodies for jiggies and recharge cards.

Thamsanqa Ndlovu, chairman of Parents Youths Association of Zimbabwe said that parents must work with the Bulawayo City Council and MPs in implementing policies that are meant to safeguard the future of the youth.

“The city council, through its housing and community services department made a policy document on February 9, 2012, named the Sustainable Economic Development Initiative and is meant to benefit youths. As parents, we need to implement the document to alleviate the scourge of drug and sexual abuse among youths.

“We need to engage the youth and find ways of modernising Youth Centres so that they meet their needs. Members of Parliament must also be put to task because the country’s constitution has provisions for reasonable measures and affirmative action that should be taken to deal with the youth,” said Ndlovu.

Ndlovu added that the generational gap between children and parents and technological advancements cannot be blamed for youths engaging in wayward behaviour as parents have a duty to engage their children on issues that affect them. The Chronicle

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Player collapse worries Chicken Inn

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Obriel Chirinda

FORMER Castle Lager Premier Soccer League champions, Chicken Inn, are in the process of running several medical tests on striker Obriel Chirinda with fears that the player could have underlying cardiac diseases — arrhythmia.

Gamecocks team doctor Willmore Kapuyanyika said the tests could explain the collapse of Obriel Chirinda on two recent occasions while on the field of play.

The stocky forward temporarily lost his consciousness first when he was doing duty for the national Under-23 in a match they beat Mozambique 2-0 to progress to the final round of the Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers at the National Sports Stadium late last month.

He also left many local football enthusiasts asking themselves whether it was by coincidence for him to lose his consciousness when he went motionless in a game that Chicken Inn beat Dynamos 2-0 at Barbourfields Stadium a fortnight ago.

“Cardiac diseases are life-threatening conditions that need to be checked and are common in people who do contact sports where an athlete can accidentally receive an impact or shock on the chest (precordin) resulting in arrhythmia.

However, the preliminary tests that we have done on Chirinda so far show that he does not have visible cardiac underlying causes.

We are still monitoring him as this does not happen on a regular basis. We are going to run more tests and we are very much concerned with his malaise (a brief loss of consciousness). Obriel Chirinda is training with the rest of the squad,” said Kapuyanyika.

The speedy Chirinda did not make the trip to Mhondoro where Joey Antipas’ charges were handed their first defeat of the season by Ngezi Platinum Stars.

On Saturday, Antipas’ men take on defending champions FC Platinum in a potentially explosive top of the table clash at Luveve Stadium.

FC Platinum are reportedly likely to be without Raphael Muduviwa ahead of this mouth-watering clash following a hamstring injury in their last match as injuries continue to dog the Norman Mapeza-coached side.

They have been without Rahman Kutsanzira, Kelvin Madzongwe, William Stima and Wallace Magalane, who are all in the treatment room.

The 1-0 loss to Ngezi Platinum Stars by Gamecocks saw FC Platinum, who are yet to taste defeat, take a one-point lead over Chicken Inn.

The platinum miners thumped Hwange 2-0 in their last league game. Winless Highlanders make the trip to Harare for a date with tricky newboys Mushowani Stars at the National Sports Stadium.

The burning blue of the capital, Dynamos, who parted ways with their head coach Lloyd “MaBlanyo” Chigowe early this week, take on the other league’s newbies TelOne at Barbourfields Stadium.

TelOne have been playing all their home matches at Mandava in Zvishavane, but have this time opted for Emagumeni. B-Metro

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Dumiso Dabengwa airlifted to India

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Dumiso Dabengwa has been flown to India for specialised treatment of reported liver disease, his party has confirmed.

Dabengwa spent some time in South Africa last December receiving treatment for the same ailment.

In a statement on Wednesday, Zapu national spokesperson Mr Iphithule Maphosa said Dr Dabengwa has been flown to India to get specialised treatment.

Dumiso Dabengwa started political activism in 1958 when he was still working for the Bulawayo City Council. He then participated in the Second Chimurenga heading the Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Party intelligence.

He received his military training in Russia. Dumiso Dabengwa was appointed Home Affairs Minister in 1992, a post which he held for eight years until 2000.

He was charged with treason and in 1982 he spent four years in detention for the offence until the death of his colleague Lookout Masuku in 1986.

In 2008 he quit Zanu-PF political party to revive the Zimbabwe African People’s Party thus reversing the 1987 Unity Accord which had merged ZANU and ZAPU into one political party.

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Midlands State University to get marijuana licence

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AMON-MURWIRA

Midlands State University (MSU) has applied for a licence to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes following the Government’s legalisation of marijuana farming last year.

Addressing students at MSU during a public lecture in Gweru, Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Amon Murwira said Government was in the process of licensing the university to grow cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Prof Murwira said there several other institutions that would also be growing marijuana.

He said Government intends to reduce its import bill by having local pharmaceuticals producing medicines from local resources.
“We were told by our former colonial masters that marijuana is illegal and they even promulgated a law prohibiting the smoking of marijuana. However, it has medicinal properties. So our leadership had a closer look and realised that marijuana can be useful and then legalised the growing of marijuana for medicinal purposes. So we have started doing so. MSU itself has applied for a licence for growing marijuana,” he said.

Prof Murwira said universities should be innovative and incubate ideas in their innovation hubs.

“Resources are nothing but they become when we have the brains of using them. This is very important. We need to look inside. When we do physics, we need to be able to use it and apply it here in Zimbabwe. We probably have the same amount of resources but different levels of development.

“We always want people outside to make things for us. We want our biochemistry to work for us. Most of the medicines that we have come from trees, roots and other plants. These are the product of our environment. So what we want to do is that the medicines that we are going to be using in the country should come from our own pharmacies and resources found in the country.

“I cannot be treated by medicine that was made from an environment that I am not living in. This is why people die because they are not suitable for us,” he said.

Prof Murwira said all Ministers of State have been asked to avail 20 hectares each for industrial hubs where the incubated ideas will then be implemented and operationalised. The Herald

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