Don’t ar­rest, tear­gas chil­dren, Min­is­ter says

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Than­deka Moyo

PO­LICE must never ar­rest or use tear­gas and ba­ton sticks on mi­nors dur­ing dis­tur­bances or protests, the Min­is­ter of Wel­fare Ser­vices for War Vet­er­ans, War Col­lab­o­ra­tors, Former Po­lit­i­cal De­tainees and Restrictees, Re­tired Colonel Tshinga Dube, said in Bu­l­awayo yesterday.

Speak­ing af­ter do­nat­ing books in Makokoba sub­urb, Rtd Col Tshinga Dube, who is also the con­stituency’s Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, said mi­nors must not be ar­rested dur­ing protests. He said of­fend­ing chil­dren need help. His sen­ti­ments fol­low the ar­rest of three mi­nors from the con­stituency in protests early this month.

The three were among 83 peo­ple who are fac­ing pub­lic vi­o­lence charges in con­nec­tion with the July 6 protests.

“It’s very sad that some po­lice of­fi­cers be­come overzeal­ous and end up lock­ing up mi­nors. Po­lice must have enough sense in han­dling such is­sues be­cause these chil­dren are usu­ally eas­ily swayed by other peo­ple,” said Rtd Col Dube.

He said his of­fice was aware of the var­i­ous needs of his con­stituents and was work­ing to en­sure that they lead de­cent lives.

A to­tal of 10 schools, both pri­mary and sec­ondary, re­ceived books from Rtd Col Dube meant to in­stil a read­ing cul­ture and im­prove the pub­lic ex­am­i­na­tions pass rate in the con­stituency.

“I hope these books which we sourced from the Ro­tary Club will go a long way in help­ing chil­dren to score bet­ter grades. Teach­ers and school heads must start li­braries and en­sure that chil­dren work harder,” he said.

“We be­lieve these books will also re­duce the bur­den faced by many of our schools where chil­dren are forced to share one text book.”

Mr Dan Makoni from the Ro­tary Club urged school go­ing chil­dren to in­vest in their fu­ture by tak­ing time to read books avail­able in their schools.

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