The government has announced that the Midlands State University will be granted its own licence for the production of Mbanje for medicinal purposes. This was revealed by the Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Amon Murwira at a public lecture in Gweru. Murwira is quoted by Herald as saying,
We were told by our former colonial masters that mbanje is illegal and they even promulgated a law prohibiting the smoking of mbanje. However, it has medicinal properties. So our leadership had a closer look and realised that mbanje can be useful and then legalised the growing of mbanje for medicinal purposes. So we have started doing so. MSU itself has applied for a licence for growing mbanje.
Resources are nothing but they become when we have the brains of using them. This is very important. We need to look inside. When we do physics, we need to be able to use it and apply it here in Zimbabwe. We probably have the same amount of resources but different levels of development.