Pressure group #Tajamuka on Monday accused The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) of hypocrisy after the organisation issued a statement condemning the use of children in commemorations to mark 17 months after the disappearance of human rights activist Itai Dzamara.
The Unicef chief of communications in Zimbabwe, Victor Chinyama, issued a statement at the weekend deploring the use of children by the Dzamara family during commemorations to mark 17 months after the disappearance of Itai Dzamara, saying it is a violation of children’s rights.
But #Tajamuka said Unicef should try not to pacify the sitting government at the expense of the children it purported to stand for.
“President Mugabe, his wife and their party Zanu-PF have often disrupted classes to bus children to augment depleted numbers at their rallies. Unicef has never said a word,” #Tajamuka said in a statement.
The group said there were several other cases of child abuse related to political causes where Unicef had failed to intervene.
“The commemorations of Itai Dzamara’s 17 months since his disappearance was not a demonstration and the police, not the children, should never have come there,” it said.
The group said Itai Dzamara’s children would continue to participate in everything that had to do with the search for their father.
Chinyama refused to comment on the matter, saying he had not seen the statement.
“I have not seen that statement and I cannot comment until I have seen it. However, as Unicef we stand by the statement that we issued on Saturday,” he said.
– African News Agency (ANA)