CHRISTMAS Eve of 24th December 2021 will go down in memory as the Zanzibar House of Representatives passed a bill of an Act to establish the ‘Zanzibar Drugs Control and Enforcement Authority (ZDCEA)’ into law.
Despite heated debate on some of the sections of the law, the sailing through of the bill in the house brought great excitement to the lawmakers and other people outside the house who have been following up the drugs issues in the Islands, also used as trafficking areas. The law waiting to be asserted by the Isles President aims at “enhancing the authority’s capacity” to deal with illicit and narcotic drug issues in the tourist Islands of Zanzibar.
Many legislators laud the government for this significant law improvement in the history of the anti-drug campaigns in the country. The new law also gives birth to the new ZDCEA that includes the Zanzibar President as the chairman of the National Drugs Control and Enforcement Council (NDCEC), leading a team of ministers expected to produce good results.
According to the law, the First Vice President, the Second Vice President, the Attorney General of Zanzibar; Minister of State in the First Vice President’s Office; and the Minister of State- Second Vice President’s Office are members of the Council. Other members of the council are the Minister responsible for drugs control; Minister responsible for legal affairs; Minister responsible for Regional Administration; Minister responsible for health and social welfare; Minister responsible for youths; Minister responsible for finance; and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
The importance of the law includes the Institution to be established shall be capable of investigating, arresting, investigating and prosecuting in court; there will be effective management in drug control and control, and take specimens themselves and avoid those specimens returning to the community after the primary case is over.
Other benefits are a significant reduction in drug-related trafficking, which will lead to a reduction in drug side effects; strengthening the workforce especially the youth, and ultimately boosting the country’s economy; and controlling the use of prescription drugs that can be used as drugs.
Functions of the authority, among others, are to educate the public on the effects of drugs; facilitate civic institutions, including external institutions that provide education on the effects of drugs; and develop various guidelines on drugs and their effects on society, including the establishment of sober houses and education on the effects of drugs.
Before the House approved the law, the Minister of State in the First Vice President’s Office, Dr Saada Mkuya Salum mentioned other functions as encouraging communities to participate in controlling drug use and trafficking; and to encourage and ensure cooperation with the international community …….