By Everson Mushava
HARARE – A juvenile supporter of President Robert Mugabe is not nicknamed “Senator Samantha” for nothing. Probably a Grade One pupil, she packs a mean punch. Her hate speech against the 88-year-old’s political opponents is too powerful to match-even seasoned grandfatherly Zanu PF campaigners.
“Senator Samantha” took to the stage at a musical gala held in Chipinge throughout the weekend to celebrate Mugabe’s birthday and all hell broke loose.
Reciting a poem showering praises on the octogenarian leader while hurling abuses at Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, she described the former trade union leader as “weed that needs to be removed” from Zimbabwe’s political landscape.
The crowd, including a television crew filming live to thousands of viewers, went wild. An animated “Senator Samantha” was not done yet.
“Tsvangirai, ndaiona musoro kukura ndikati injere, ndange ndisingazivi kuti kurwara (Tsvangirai, I used to think that your big head is a reflection of intelligence, little did I know that it is a sign of sickness),” she said to roars of approval from a largely pro-Mugabe crowd.
She described Mugabe as a demi-god whose leadership capabilities were being chocked by Tsvangirai “the weed and coward that fled the liberation war while Mugabe fought white colonialists”.
Stung by that attack, Tsvangirai’s party is taking the matter up. Party deputy spokesperson Thabitha Khumalo told the Daily News the MDC would approach inter-party peace body, Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic).
Broadcast live on television, the use of the minor to propagate hate speech violated not only local, regional and international accords on child rights, but the power-sharing Global Political Agreement (GPA), Khumalo said.
Article 19 of the GPA prohibits media from using their space to transmit hate speech. “We condemn the abuse of children, especially teaching them to use hate language. These kids are supposed to be growing up surrounded by peace, love and
aspirations for a decent education. Yet Zanu PF is drilling them to be masters of hate speech,” said Khumalo.
“We are disgusted by the parents of the children who was abused,” said Khumalo.
Khumalo said the use of hate speech by state-run media was the main reason why her party was calling for urgent media reforms. Yes it was a party event but it was broadcast live on national television, so such hate speech should have been avoided,” said Khumalo. Daily News
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