Harare – Zimbabwe’s state security minister Kembo Mohadi has said that the country is ready to go to war in defence of the recently launched school national pledge, a report said on Thursday.
According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, the minister believed that the national pledge which school children were expected to recite every day after singing the national anthem was a global act which even first world countries were doing.
Joining a long list of other government officials who have weighed in on the ongoing debate about the pledge, Mohadi said that there was nothing wrong with children pledging their loyalty to their home country.
Mohadi lambasted the resistance as elements of regime change which the ruling Zanu-PF government had often criticised for the country’s economic slowdown.
Mohadi said that there was no need for consultation as the pledge was taken from the preamble of the country’s 2013 constitution.
According to a previous News24 report, the introduction of the school national pledge sparked controversy in the southern African country, as opposition to it gained momentum.
Reports indicated that the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) last week filed legal papers to try to have schools stopped from forcing children to recite the pledge.
The case was still before the courts.
Furthermore some Church groups, including the Brethren In Christ Church and the Christian Alliance, said they would instruct children of their members not to recite the pledge.
Meanwhile, according to NewsDay, only a handful of parents were present when their children recited the pledge for the first time on Tuesday when the second quarter of school started.
The majority of parents did not bother accompanying their children to school to witness them taking the oath.
One parent, Manuel Nyawo, was quoted saying that the introduction of the school national pledged by primary and secondary education minister Lazarus Dokora was uncalled for.
"As parents, the issue of the national pledge from the word go was uncalled for and it cannot be entertained. No parent in his or right sense of mind will really accept the move taken by minister Dokora," Nyawo was quoted as saying
- News 24