Day of Action 2018

City: Mutare
Organisations: Zimbabwe Civil Liberties and Drug Network, FACT Mutare

There was a gathering in Mutare, Zimbabwe`s fourth largest city. The day was punctuated by speeches, music and poems to commemorate the day. Drug users gave testimonies and the Minister of State for Manicaland Province addressed the gathering. Other speakers came from Ministry of Health, Education and Youth in Zimbabwe. Host a musical event in partnership with other key population groups in Zimbabwe on the day. On the day, an established musician who supports drug policy reform in Zimbabwe shall be the main act whilst up and coming artists will be involved in a lyrics contest on drug policy reform. After the musical show we will have a keynote address followed by testimonies and a government minister outlining the government’s position. This event shall be mainly targeted on the youth in a community where there is rampant drug use. Officials from the National Aids Council and the Ministry of Health in Zimbabwe will be invited to give a prepared speech from ZCLDN on what the government should do in terms of drug policy reform.

Media Coverage:
Calls to decriminalise drug abuse.” June 7, 2018. http://www.zbc.co.zw/calls-to-decriminalise-drug-abuse/.
“Don’t get hooked on drugs, youths urged.” July 11, 2018. https://www.herald.co.zw/dont-get-hooked-on-drugs-youths-urged/.

ZCLDN July Newsletter Issue No. 6


Day of Action 2017

In Harare, the Zimbabwe Civil liberties and Drug Network (ZCLDN) organised an event at the Town House with several hundred in attendance, including the Deputy Director of the Ministry of Health, Harare City medical officers, pastors and Ministry of Education officials. The guest speaker was Monica Mutsvangwa, the Vice Chairperson of the Southern Africa Development parliamentary forum, who tabled a motion encouraging member states to come up with country drug action plans in line with the Support Don’t Punish campaign messages which has since been adopted.

Also, hundreds of Dzivaresekwa residents in Harare converged at Nyaguwa Shops on 7th July for a Support Don’t Punish awareness campaign where several former drug spoke about drug use in Zimbabwe. Entertainment was provided by local artists and actors.

Media Coverage:

The Herald, 18 July 2017, Why Zim needs to review its drug laws

Bulawayo 24 News, 26 July 2017: ZCLDN’s statement on Amai Mugabe’s admission on her sons drug use


Day of Action 2016

In Harare, the Zimbabwe Civil Liberties and Drug Network (ZCLDN) organised a workshop event at the Jameson Hotel. The event entitled ‘Capacity strengthening workshop on illicit drug use in Zimbabwe’ was attended by civil society members and government ministries, as well as legislators. The event focused on raising the voice of people who use drugs, discussing the role of policy on people who use drugs, and identifying key interventions to tackle HIV and TB among people who use drugs in the country.

The conference was a major success with all stakeholders reiterating the importance of policy reform and harm reduction.

For more information about the event, please click here to read the full report.

Media coverage


Day of Action 2014

The Zimbabwe Civil Liberties and Drug Network held a high-profile event in Harare, with speeches from senior policy makers and a drama performance by local community members. The event led to the Special Health Adviser to the President and Cabinet supporting the campaign’s calls in the national media, and has helped to kick-start a dialogue on the issue in Zimbabwe. For more information, please read the report and a PowerPoint presentation about the event.

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