Member of Parliament (MP) for Dowa East, Richard Chimwendo Banda, has asked Parliament to act swiftly on drug and substance abuse that is threatening lives of young people in the country.
Chimwendo Banda Tuesday said there are six young people admitted to St Johns Hospital in Mzuzu due to drug and substance abuse.
“You know, in this Parliament, there was a time we attempted to address that challenge but we didn’t bring legislation and we haven’t done quite well on that. Of late, we have heard about drugs being abused and we have lost two young men,” he said
He made the remarks while contributing to the State of the National Address that President Peter Mutharika delivered on Friday at the opening of the budget meeting.
His remarks come barely a day after a 26-year-old man was reported dead in Brazil in a suspected drug mission.
Chimwendo Banda who is Chairperson of Parliamentary Committee on Social Welfare, among others, attributed the development to high unemployment rate among the youth in the country, accompanied by lack of initiatives that would improve their welfare.
“To a larger extent, we are talking about investing in young men and making sure that the economy is being taken care of because the 65 percent of the population cannot be left aside. Stadiums alone would not bring investment in the country, and alleviate poverty,” he said
The legislator has also appealed to the political parties in the country to stop painting young people for political appeasement and expose them to skin cancer that may arise in few years to come.
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