Abusers of " Senator Samantha" to be disciplined

The Ministry of Education, Arts, Sports and Culture will descend heavily on school teachers who encourage school children to engage in partisan political behaviour or hate speech, Education, Arts, Sports and Culture minister David Coltart has said.

David Coltart
David Coltart

Reacting to an incident in which a little grade two child was made to recite a poem live on national television insulting Prime Minister

Morgan Tsvangirai and Finance minister Tendai Biti during President Robert Mugabe’s birthday gala in Chipinge over the weekend, Coltart said his ministry will investigate the incident with the view of disciplining those teachers who were given the task to get the innocent child to memorise the poem.

“This incident should be condemned in the strongest possible terms. Children should be saved from being sucked into partisan politics and should instead be encouraged to respect all national leaders and national offices irrespectiveof their party loyalties. Any teacher who encourages children to engage in partisan political behaviour or hate speech should be disciplined severely” Coltart told The Zimbabwean.

The minister said his ministry was waiting to receive an official report regarding the date of the offence, the teachers involved and what is alleged to have been said before instituting investigations.

“I encourage those who witnessed this alleged comment to let me have the details. I will seek to substantiate the claim. If proved correct then it is to be condemned in the strongest possible terms” he said.

Part of the poem the girl nicknamed “Senator Samantha” was made to recite in Shona on stage, in front of cameras and on national television beamed live went like this: Tsvangirai , ndaiti musoro kukura ndikati injere, ndange ndisingazivi kuti kurwara and…..kwamuri imi mai veBuhera, Tsvangirai isora rinoda kudzurwa.(Tsvangirai is like a weed which should be removed).

The MDC has already taken the issue to JOMIC.

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