Ar­rest those who ex­ploit chil­dren for self­ish ends

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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

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