Act on street children

HARARE – The City Fathers and the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) should do motorists a favour by removing street children begging from busy roads.

The street children, most of them barely five years old, are so daring that they beg amidst moving cars, lorries and buses, which pose a real danger to their lives.

Curiously, the ZRP traffic section and municipal police pass through these intersections every day ignoring the invasion.

Having been in Europe, I imagine a scene like this happening would raise screams from motorists    and the police would swiftly act.

Not in Zimbabwe! These street children have become part of the roads.

And usually the irony is when a motorist accidentally knocks down a beggar, the police will act swiftly and charge the motorist with negligence.

But why are the ZRP and the council police turning a blind eye on this problem that manifests itself every other minute at most intersections in the Central Business District?

Are they powerless?

Isn’t this some form of lawlessness?

The problem is that authorities have for a long time turned a blind eye on the street children menace, hence some teenage girls fall pregnant and raise their children on the streets.

The newborns have been raised on the streets and you can see them crawling most of the time unattended.

The street children have known no other life except the street; they do not go to school and they grow up the hard way on the streets.

As they grow up, they master the art of street begging.

Apart from these small children, there are also teenagers who would be high on glue and they chase each other at these intersections.

There are classic ones at the intersection of Simon Mazorodze and Remembrance Drive (ZBC Mbare studios) — they are rude and appear high all day.

Some of the little girls at these intersections would be carrying babies.

These children are always facing death while we watch and laugh about it.

There are a number of children’s groups which  have also been helpless yet their mandate is to look at such issues.

Children are reportedly being raped and sodomised by older street kids, yet organisations dealing with children have never tried to address this problem.

While in Zimbabwe we have several commemorations meant for children, little has been done to eradicate the roaming of street children on our roads.

While there might not be statistics on children knocked down by motorists at these busy intersections, I am sure such incidents are frequently occurring.  

The ZRP and city council police should not sleep on the job because what we see at road intersections is unacceptable in normal society.

Visitors driving on our streets have been surprised by this unfortunate occurrence and worse still it is putting a lot of strain on drivers.

During the rush hour, the kombis would be speeding and overtaking from the wrong side and in the mix are the street children, some barely the height of a tyre of big cars.

The police should not blame motorists if accidents happen because these street children are a nuisance on our roads.

It is so disheartening for a motorist to run over a person, more so a child.

The police should spare motorist the anguish that comes with knocking down children.

Comments (2)

Wise words which should be taken seriously, unfortunately the police havadi kuita zvisinga bhadhari thats why they turn a blind eye and rush kunoita maroadblock 500m apart.

Robsugar - 26 November 2015

My heart bleeds for those children, kusvikira riini chokwadi zvinhu zvakaita manyama amire nerongo kudai munyika medu. Mwari pindirai ndakumbira zvangu. I agree with robsugar 100%.

heartfelt - 27 November 2015

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