Churches demostrate against Dokora's national pledge

HARARE - Prayer Network of Zimbabwe (PNZ) yesterday staged a demonstration castigating the national pledge which was recently introduced in schools, describing the idea as a direct affront on Christianity.

The PNZ, an interdenominational Christian group, said Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora should revoke the directive forthwith.

The national pledge was introduced at all public schools at the start of the new term.

Parents and churches were up in arms against the pledge, which children are made to recite every day after singing the national anthem.

In it, children pledge their allegiance to God and the national flag and pay their respects to “brave fathers and mothers who lost their lives in the Chimurenga (Zimbabwe’s 1970s war for independence against the minority white-led government).”

PNZ board member Roddy Takaruza told the Daily News that despite the country’s many unanswered questions, government had preoccupied themselves with forcing children to recite a pledge which he said was inculcating ungodly values in children.

“This is a message to government that they should and must see to it that Christianity must be respected. We believe that if Christianity is adulterated in such a way, government is only applying for mayhem,” Takaruza warned.

He said the pledge is a clear attempt by Dokora to weaken the Christian faith by eroding the beliefs that people have.

“We believe that our children should also be taught in Christian values and when he is attacking our children using the pledge, it means that he is forcing them away from the values we believe in,” Takaruza said.

Women of Zimbabwe Arise (Woza) founder Jenni Williams, said they will insist that government stops schools from forcing children to recite the pledge.

“You took our farms and we kept quiet. You went after businesses and we remained silent again.

“Now you want to go after our religion, that we cannot sit back and remain silent,” Williams said.

Felistas Homela, parent to a Grade Three pupil in Budiriro, said she is not comfortable having her child recite the pledge, claiming parents were not consulted.

“Now our children are busy saluting the blood of people instead of the blood of Jesus Christ.

“This is an abomination. Madzinza emagamba iwayo munoda kuti aturirwe nevana vechikoro munoti vanozvizivira kupi izvozvo. (You want the brave fathers and mothers who lost their lives in the Chimurenga to be appeased by children, what do they know about this?)

“We understand there are different religions in Zimbabwe and, that, they should respect,” she said.

A ministry official accepted the petition on behalf of Dokora.

“We have seen your petition and we shall sit with officials to find a way forward with regards to your concerns,” the Education official, only identified as Muzawazi, said.

Comments (11)

My daughter is at Government School where she is reciting the pledge together with others. Like before the introduction of the National Pledge she and many others at the school are allowed to attend church services of their choice with school stipulated hours. So, my question is why are complaining about Christianity being banned in schools. Before we participate in these demos lets carefully seek to understand what the organisation are trying to achieve lest we will be used to support certain individuals' hidden ambitions. All the words being recited are taken from our Constitution word for word like they do in America, UK, Canada, China and many other progressive African continent. Hama vadiwa wake and smell the coffee.

Pedigree - 19 May 2016

This is a Herod Government 4 sure. No fear of the LORD.

whitehorse - 19 May 2016

@masamba akareyo,uri duzvi

saManyika chaiye - 19 May 2016

"You took our farms and we kept quiet. You went after businesses and we remained silent again"... No Jenni Williams, these were farms your grand parents grabbed from our grand parents, by force, with bull dozers and gunning them down like worthless things. Purchased stolen property can, by law, be repossessed. On businesses (not farms) i agree with you, these were taken and its not justified. Bottomline, this pledge thing must be abolished forthwith. Its just another machination by Zanu PF to brainwash our children into being their hooligans, to kill and maim their parents deemed by Zanu PF to be traitors.

M - 19 May 2016

the pledge is harmless,some people are just in the habit of opposing zanu

truth - 19 May 2016

the problem of the gvt is that they do not do wider stakeholder consultations when they are planning for something, be it a policy or a law. they just bulldoze into the pple and impose things! they sit over night, most likely with glasses of hot drink and come up with some bizzare policy structures like national pledge, changing xool names, one uniform for all xools, zimasset, sterp, baccossi, bearer cheks,bond notes & coins, harmonised elections, indeginisation etc. some of the drunken policies look & sound good to the eye & ear but they are not practical, not pragmatic and so out of touch with global dvpts becoz the proponents are straight jacketed hot heads who dont consult & are not worried about public reservations. self serving at its worst! the country is failing to reach its MDGs and a drunken minister is coming up with a pledge! can someone give me the rationale behind & a synopsis of this so called pledge. i'm failing to understand on my own.

SaManyika Chaiye - 20 May 2016

Dokora does not believe in Christian values because he is not a Christian. He is taking advantage of being a minister to advance his own religion. it was in his plans for a very long time, he is hiding behind issues like patriotism bla bla. You cant fight Jesus and win and in fact its another strategy being used by Dokora to destroy ZANU PF from inside. For sure how can teachers vote for ZANU PF when one of the ZANU PF leaders is introducing uniforms to our long suffering teachers and on top of that forcing our kids to abandon Jesus for another unknown god. Regai tione kunowira tsvimbo nedohwe.

Mashwest for Jesus - 20 May 2016

@truth, don't think everyone who opposes stupid gvt policies is against ZANU PF or is not a ZANU PF supporter.

Mashwest for Jesus - 20 May 2016

phansi nge pledge ngokokwenzani khonokhu ,thina sifuna imisebenzi sifundise abantwana bethu sibe lezindlu maybe as tym goes on sibe lemikhaba njengabo orbet mpofu

safa ngendlala - 20 May 2016

children are still at a programmable age and if u tell them their head is their foot they will take it as it is. in school thats where they spend most of their time and get programmed to be the geniuses they can be. they spend most of their time with teachers who are the most neglected free baby sitters as it stands right no. so what with all this. ahaaaaa hamusi kuionaka. if teachers get uniforms all because of the wise snake Dokora and children salute the flag all because of him he is programming them that he is powerfull and whatever he says they should do they must without asking because even their parents (teachers) listens to them. whats coming next? it is hatred off americans europeans and the embracing of alqaeda boko haram way of handling situations. even tha uniforms for teachers i suspect they resemble moslem outfits so that students take it as fashionable attire looking up to their parents (teachers). he can use the platform to teach them how glorious it is to die for the country. already they are being taught to respect those who died violently. but we all know where we can find all this indoctrination. dokora doesnt care about you the elders because he knows u cant teach an old dog new tricks so he is going to the programmable ages. if u say its not us and stop fighting for the poor children tomorow u will be fighting your own children or watch them as they blow themselves to nothing for false virgins in heaven. he is creating new recruitment grounds for his evil brothers boko haram alqaeda and the many who have trampled on our peace.

DIGITAL REBEL WEZHIRA - 20 May 2016

Dambudziko hombe redu muZimbabwe is we are not research driven. For example, what sound research was done to examine the role of such educational reforms? I love Cde Mugabe but not his old skool stupid ministers. Plus Dokora ndanga ndakamumaka kubva kare because basa raanaro nderangu. I will come get it, soon!

New Ed minister - 20 May 2016

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