Arrest those who exploit children for selfish ends
EDITOR — The idea of using children in politics is uncalled for contamination of the highest order and should be condemned with the strongest voice.
Using innocent souls who do not understand the depths of the terrain they are being thrown into is tantamount to wickedness.
Last week’s moment of madness was an act of desperation by a clique of political activists who have failed to convince adults to buy into their ideas. Instead, they have resorted to dragging young children who are not even able to decide what to wear let alone expressing political affiliation.
Their aim was to provoke our police officers into apprehending them with the children in their company so that they would run to the Western sponsored media maliciously claiming police brutality to children.
I was impressed by the way our police officers responded to the snare and maintained their cool seeing through Patson Dzamara`s attention seeking antics.
I am worried by the way that people in Zimbabwe are now taking advantage of children to line their pockets.
The same worrying phenomena has been happening in the informal sector as well where children at a tender age are sent to front at vending stalls in a bid to increase sales.
This leaves the buyer with a moral dilemma of whether or not to support the livelihood of the seemingly vulnerable or to act within their conservative conscience and shun child labour.
Some even go as far as sending them to beg on the streets.
These cases show how children have now become marketing tools for both political activists and dealers who try to gain mileage through petty tactics.
Authorities should crackdown on these immoral adults who are taking advantage of young children to make money. In all the instances it is gross child abuse and the law should probe into the issue.
These unfortunate children are subjected to unnecessary interruptions and disturbances at a time when they should be focusing on their books and leisure as is the norm with children. Cde Lovejoy Mazarura, Bindura