Outrage over boy chanting Zanu PF slogans video

HARARE - In a case bordering on abuse of minors, a video of a boy — aged about two years — chanting Zanu PF slogans has sparked outrage on social media.

In the clip — which has gone viral — the little boy child, whose identity is unknown, is seen donning Zanu PF regalia as he raises his fist chanting “pamberi navaMugabe”.

He even disses President Robert Mugabe’s long-time rival — MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai — and Zimbabwe People First leader Joice Mujuru.

“...pasi neMDC, pasi naTsvangirai, pasi namai Mujuru (Forward with Mugabe…down with MDC, down with (Morgan) Tsvangirai, down with Mujuru),” the boy chants while an adult male voice retorts in the background.

Several social media users have condemned the act, which they said is tantamount to abuse of the child, however, Highfield West Zanu PF legislator Psychology Maziwisa seemed to warm up to the clip, claiming it showed Mugabe’s level of support.

“If anyone out there still needed any convincing about the extent of ... Mugabe’s support in #Zimbabwe here is your answer…,” Maziwisa wrote on his Facebook page, a statement which was accompanied by the video.

This comes after United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) Zimbabwe condemned abuse and exploitation of children after missing activist Itai Dzamara’s brother Patson involved children in a protest demanding their father’s return in August this year.

Following the Dzamara incident, Unicef said, “it is everybody’s duty to ensure that children are not used to advance a particular political cause.

“Children are not political and should be sheltered at all times from the situations that expose them to the risk of harm or violence”.

Apart from Unicef’s concerns, the children’s involvement also did not go down well with the Social Welfare ministry, which felt the children were being exploited and used to “advance a particular political cause”.

Social Welfare minister Prisca Mupfumira was quoted in the State media then stating that, “…the use of children in the protest violates Article 367 of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which provides for the protection of children from any form of exploitation, which includes being taken advantage of, in this case it is clear that the organisers of the protest took advantage of these children to get a sympathetic ear”.

She added: “The Zimbabwe Constitution provides that ‘Every child has a right not to be compelled to take part in any political activity’.

“It is doubtful if these children on their own volition volunteered to be part and parcel of this protest.”

Comments (9)

Maziwisa its not the extent to which your old dictator enjoys support but it is the highest form of child abuse.Dictators all over the world wants every living soul even and even animals to know that they are at the helm.Hangers on like Maziwisa in their warped minds think that its a level of support.My foot!What does such infants know about politics?Shmae on the likes of Maziwisa

Janana wa Bikaz - 24 December 2016

Maziwisa I believed that yu are educated but it seemed yu are using your brothers certificates, a man of your caliber does not stoop so low as to praise that insanity. That aged the child does not even know who Mugabe is, who Tsvangirai or Mujuru is, what is the meaning of Pasi naye haatozivi. You have forgotten of recen the police brutalized and Unicef condemned children who were seeking answers to the whereaboiuts of their father, their breadwinner aivaigira chingwa patable, achivapa fees, they did not denounce anyone but merely asking where is our father, yu kept quite but now shamelessly opening your ganwa praising that stupidity, shame on you, haunyare

marcus - 24 December 2016

@ marcus: Politics is not a game to rationalize. Its politics stupid!

Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof) - 25 December 2016

VanaMaziwisa nyararai muti zii zuro ndizuro maivhurira varungu kumanyowa nerimwe team rako rekuzanu nhasi pwetere pwetere kutaura zvisina basa.The fidelis Fengu type izvozvi avakutsvaga kwokubviswa ngozi dzaaipara.

Jokonia - 25 December 2016

If that little ignorant child could have been drilled to say how bad Mugabe's rule had affected him and the generations in front, him and his parents were going to be hunt down and arrested for undermining the office of the President. UPsychology lo needs a psychologist. Uluhlanya.

Dhozi - 26 December 2016

pschology is seeking attention from the old donkey to be appraised,too much noise,muromo senhanikiri

mkanya - 26 December 2016

bootlicking at its best. will support anything to please Mugabe. shame on you. cant even separate day from night.

tafu chigorwe - 26 December 2016

How low will we stoop to get recognition. Were you paid for this offence?

Pieter Herbst - 27 December 2016

Thats how their train the children in China the International Childrens organisations like Unicef should say something

Liw - 28 December 2016

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