KWEKWE– There is need for the rejuvenation of the scout movement in Zimbabwe and leaders of the movement must desist from literally putting on political lenses and stop viewing fellow scouts as members of political parties, an official has said.
Speaking to midlandsnews in Kwekwe this week, the Assistant District Scout Commissioner in charge of training, Adam Kalilamo said it was disheartening to note that there was no longer transparency in the scout movement, saying authorities have now reduced scouting to a political movement.
Kalilamo also bemoaned the issue of monopoly in the movement.
“There is no transparency in-as-far as the scouting ideology is concerned. It appears there are elements within the movement who view fellow scouts as members of political institutions, and this has become a matter of serious concern”, Kalilamo said.
“The major problem which we are actually having with the movement in Zimbabwe is that of monopoly. You find out that, as leaders of the movement, we have not been able to expose the scout movement to the society. As leaders, we must give our youths the much needed exposure but, unfortunately, this hasn’t been the case”, he said.
Kalilamo echoed that it was important for the scout movement leaders to ensure that ‘a scout’s honor is to be trusted’ and that they show loyalty to their country, Zimbabwe.
“Everyday, we keep asking: are scouts really loyal? As scouts- either Rovers or Cabin scouts- we must pledge our loyalty to the country and we must be taking part in important national events like the monthly National Clean Up Campaign which is being fronted by none other than the President of Zimbabwe, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa. We must be doing this; but because of a monopolized leadership that views everything with political lenses, this might still remain a pipedream. We are bound to join the nation in cleaning up our streets but individuals politicizing the movement are a big letdown”, remarked Kalilamo.
The scout movement is a universal movement which seeks to support young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development that they may play constructive roles in society with a strong focus on the outdoors and survival skills.