By Correspondent

Harare- Apostolic Christian Council in Zimbabwe (ACCZ ), has joint hands with politicians in the fight against drug abuse and violence. This was revealed at a symposium held by the Christian Body late last week in Epworth.

The high density suburb of Epworth is rampant with cases of drug abuse and gender based violence, mostly by young people.

Against this background, ACCZ Chairperson for Harare Province, Bishop Honest Mupepe of Kuera Apostolic Church said, the Christian Body was now working with political leaders to alleviate drug abuse and all forms of violence in the community.

“This is a very serious issue affecting most young people in our society. As the Church we have decided to join hands with our political leaders to fight drug abuse and gender based violence in our communities. We all know how church is important when it comes to ensuring peace and stability in our society,” he said.

Speaking during the same occasion, Zanu Pf Aspiring Candidate for Epworth North Taurai Kandishaya expressed his willingness to work with the church in tackling drug abuse and gender based violence in Epworth.

“I am happy that today we have embarked on another trajectory to discuss matters affecting our constituency with the church. I will support all programmes to that brings sanity and peace in our society. The issue of drug abuse requires us all to work together.”

Epworth was identified as one of the hotspots for drug abuse , child marriages, gender based violence among other forms of violence practices. This have seen UN agencies partnering Government and civic societies in the implementation of a programme titled The Spotlight Initiative.