War vets want to teach history in schools

Over the years they have become infamous by beating up and harassing opposition supporters, torturing and often killing MDC supporters.

Now war vets loyal to Mugabes regime say they want to take over schools and offer history lessons on the liberation struggle. The MDC-T MP for Mazowe Central in Mashonaland Central, Shepherd Mushonga, took the matter to Parliament on Wednesday after receiving a letter of complaint from the headmaster at Kakora Secondary School. War vets had told the headmaster they would visit the school to teach history this week.

Mushonga quizzed Education Minister David Coltart on whether this was the new government policy, to allow war vets to offer lessons to students. In response Coltart said no. The political parties should not meddle in education. We should not expose school children to politics as it is against the Education Act. Schools should not be used for politics. I want the MPs to support me in trying to stop what is now happening, Coltart said.

He also expressed concern at the number of teachers requesting transfers because of intimidation and threats from ZANU PF youths mainly in the rural areas. Teachers over the years have traditionally been targeted by Mugabes regime and accused of supporting the then opposition MDC.

Coltart is reported to be in the process of revising legislation to put legal measures in place to ban the use of schools for partisan political activity. But Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) Secretary General Raymond Majongwe however told SW Radio Africa it was likely the legislation will be blocked by ZANU PF. Its only a matter of time before this GNU collapses, he told us.

For all Coltarts efforts in crafting legislation to stop ZANU PF mobs invading schools and politicizing the learning environment, Mugabes regime has shown it has no respect for any of the laws. It is anticipated the war vets will have their way and invade the schools all the same.

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