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UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) has called for a complete crack down on all gangs on the Copperbelt.

UPND National Coordinator, Kenny Ng’ona attributed the rise in the number of gangs in Kitwe on the Copperbelt to youths having wrong role models and drug abuse.

In an interview, Mr Ng’ona said youths in Kitwe looked up to people who have been known to be notorious and they believed they were above the law.

There has been a rise in the cases of harassment, assault and theft by gangs in Kitwe which include the son of the devils, Tokota, Malinso, 90 Niggas and Koswe.

He said many youths resorted to joining gangs due to the high levels of unemployment and shortage of recreational facilities.

“Most of the youths in Kitwe have resorted to joining gangs because they have nothing productive to do and being a member of a gang feels like they have found a purpose for their lives.

“This, however, is very unacceptable and measures to curb this vice should be implemented as it will cause great harm not only to this generation but the future generations as well,” he said.

Police, he said, should immediately move in to crack down on all gangs.

He said the church, parents and the education bodies should join hands in the eradication of gangs.

Mr Ng’ona also urged the youths to take responsibility of their lives and join educative and innovative clubs.

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