Tajamuka Activists Confront UNICEF Over Child Abuse Claims

By Dylan Murambgi

Harare, August 19, 2016 – ACTIVISTS from the anti-government ‪#‎Tajamuka‬group on Thursday confronted UNICEF officials at their Harare office demanding clarity on where they stood in terms of their mission to protect children’s interests in Zimbabwe.

The dozens of activists who besieged the UNICEF offices were met by officials who assured them they were going to be much more sensitive to how they handle children’s affairs next time.

This comes after the world children’s group recently issued a statement, condemning the activist group for allegedly using children as human shields during a recent Harare street demonstration to mark 17 months since pro-democracy activist Itai Dzamara was abducted by suspected state agents in Harare.

The UNICEF statement elicited an angry reaction from the militant activist group and the Dzamara family.

They were irked by what they felt were double standards displayed by the world body after it has allegedly failed to condemn apparent cases of children’s abuse by Zanu PF politicians.

“We wanted them to withdraw what they wrote. The kids they are referring to are Itai Dzamara’s children who were rightfully demanding to know where their father was,” said one a member of Tajamuka.

“We asked them why they never reacted when two children died when police threw teargas in Makokoba and why they never react when President Mugabe commandeers children to attend his rallies.”

The activists also demanded to see one Elizabeth Mupfumira, daughter to current Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira, a UNICEF employee whom they felt was central to the condemnation of the group.

The Zanu PF Minister had also condemned the alleged abuse of children during the demo.