2nd Respondent addressed to the Permanent Secretary seeking guidance on the policies that address the issue of child participation at political rallies. The Commission has since made one written follow up. 1.2 The complainants are Teachers’ Unions established in terms of Section 65 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No.20) Act 2013 (hereinafter referred to as the Constitution) and duly recognised by the Public Service Association representing Secondary and Primary teachers employed by the Government of Zimbabwe. 1.3 In determining its role in this matter, the ZHRC considered that the set of facts gives rise to violation of human rights enshrined in Chapter 4, Part 2 of the Declaration of Rights in the Constitution of Zimbabwe, particularly Children’s rights in terms of section 81 (1), (f) and (h), freedom of assembly and association enshrined in section 58, right to equality and non-discrimination in terms of section 56 and the right to education provided for in terms of section 75. 2 Detailed background of complaint: 2.2 Complainants allege that they have received, monitored and recorded systematic violations of fundamental human rights by ZANU PF party, particularly violations of Section 81 (f) which guarantees children’s rights and provides that children must not be compelled to take part in any political activity. Further, complainant alleges violation of Section 58 which enshrines freedom of assembly and association. 2.3 Some of the schools where the alleged violation of children’s rights by the respondent were recorded are Kanyemba Secondary School in Mashonaland Central, St Johns Primary School in Manicaland, all public schools in Bulawayo and schools in Matobo and Mzingwane Districts in Matabeleland South. It is alleged that school children were being exposed to hate speech and inflammatory language at ZANU PF rallies. 2.4 It is further alleged that at one point the ZANU PF Secretary for Women’s Affairs made statements to the effect that ‘zezuru are unconquerable’ which entails that the Zezuru tribe is superior to others and cannot be defeated. This is in violation of Section 56 of the Constitution which Page 2 of 17

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