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Rastafarai community urges DEC to enforce the law fairly without abusing human rights

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THE Rastafarai community in Zambia has said the answer to drug abuse was employment creation because substance abuse in the country was mainly as a result of poverty.

In a Press statement released by the House of Rastafarai chief elder Chisi Khuzwayo in commemoration of the Day against drug abuse, the most effective way to end drug abuse was through job creation.

“We also wish to say drug or substance abuse, for example of alcohol, is related to poverty and unemployment and not necessarily crime. The answer to drug abuse is employment creation,” Mr Khuzwayo said.

The Rastafarai community also called on the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) to fairly enforce the law.

Mr Khuzwayo said DEC had the mandate to enforce the law fairly without abusing human rights and also had the duty to inform the public on both the negative and positive aspects of drugs like marijuana.

“DEC has not sensitised policy makers, Government and the public on differences between substance abuse, drug trafficking and crime.

“DEC has also not related marijuana use to the Government policy of human, medical, religious and cultural rights. It has not also commented on drug abuse of over-the-counter and prescription drugs except to create a link between drug use and crime,” Mr Khuzwayo said.

He said the DEC should concentrate on rehabilitating abusers and not punishing them.

Mr Khuzwayo said the way the DEC and other law enforcers like the police and the Immigration Department sometimes conducted their arrests was against public safety, public health, international trends, and awareness campaigns or research of medical marijuana.

He said the Rastafari community was like most Zambians, generally peace loving and law abiding citizens respected by society for messages of unity, peace, love and harmony and were sometimes misunderstood by the DEC as drug abusers.

9 COMMENTS

  1. WHY not include this party in theGRAND COALITION?? The grand coalition is the only party that will make us work in PF

  2. Let them just legalize POT (JANADA) coz it wil create employment & earn revenue for the government thru taxes. Coz the way things stand now tax is being evaded by janada traders.

  3. Let them just legalize POT (JANADA) coz it wil create employment & earn revenue for the government thru taxes. Coz the way things stand now tax is being evaded by janada traders & all bcoz they have made it illegal.

  4. Zambia needs to look at how the world is now treating herb,
    Jamaica, where Rastafari first manifest has recently announced that herb will no longer be a criminal matter for amounts of 57 gram (c 2Oz) and under,
    particularly for religious, medical and personal use.
    The country wishes to stop criminalizing it’s people and stop putting it’s judiciary and penal system under uneccessary stress, so that it may pursue more urgent matters.
    Ganja has never killed a single person in the history of humanity & was first criminalized early last century by colonial governments at the behest of big business.
    The world has noted that Jamaica which sits in the American “backyard” is following the lead being given by several American states and would not have attempted decriminalization…

  5. The very best we can do is to understand that the healthy of the Head of state shud be secret for reasons you know. The best we can do is 2 pray for the President for him to get well, that is more zambian. Get well soon MR president.

  6. Meditation….pass the reefer brethren. Dama arrest me when all I need is to be eeeerie and peaceful. I read many hard topics/books and sensi helps me decipher difficult problems at work and everybody approach me in the firm to assist them. Me earn big money to help family.

  7. So there’ll be
    No more smokin and feelin tense
    When I see them a come
    I don’t have to jump no fence.

    Peter Tosh, Bush Doctor

    • Legalize marijuana
      Down here in Jamaica
      It can build up your failing economy
      Eliminate the slavish mentality

      There’ll be no more
      Illegal humiliation
      And no more police
      Interrogation

    • i thought i go the whole way. this is for guitar or music players and lovers, guitar chords. standard guitar tune.

      “Bush Doctor”
      Peter Tosh

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      Does that mean anything to you
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      No more smokin and feelin tense
      When I see them a come
      I don’t have to jump no fence
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      Down here in…

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