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9 thoughts on “Hash Tag Charity: Companies Abusing Mbambaira/Bread Kid

  1. Here is my take.
    This story should be scrutinized the other way round.
    Zoolian Story is a story of many kids,those who come from less privileged families and desire some cookies.
    Infact, we should think along lines like
    A Charity Named after Zoolian, with Zoolian being an Ambassador
    where anyone (ordinary people) can donate anything to one in need anywhere
    Why are so faulty searching (ukasvaka makudo mugomo unomawana)
    rather why can’t we just one of the few positive trends in our country right now

    1. Well i think all was well until the DNA test. 😳 was it really necessary? No! They should’ve just ended on grocery items etc but no dna tests. What if it comes out otherwise? The family will be torn apart after uniting in sharing the joy of their child. Giving them food is one thing but the DNA test was taking it a bit too far. But then again, I could be wrong.

    2. Zoolian Brother I am not looking for faults at all. I am pointing out that a 3 year old kid should be left to being just that: a 3 year old kid. I don’t agree with your take of making him an ambassador of anything. If his story inspires goodwill, that’s a good thing but that goodwill should not impose obligations on the kid and definitely it should not come accompanied with flashes of the camera. He is a kid and needs to be protected!

  2. I totally agree with you there. At first I would not mind these marketers approach to this whole thing until the DNA test was done. But for the why? Its not fair to the mother at all.

  3. I totally agree with you, Tinashe. This was never about charity, but marketing and publicity. All these companies jumping on the Zoolian bandwagon are nothing but glory-hogs, thinking only about their brands without a care for the privacy of the child. Indeed it is child-abuse. If they really cared, they’d also consider the hundred of thousands of children in Zimbabwe without even sweet potatoes to eat! And then, what about the parents? Don’t they have any pride? Parading their 3-year-old as the breadwinner!

    1. Yes it’s sad that decades of an impoverishing economic and political system have left us with hardly any sense of pride. I believe quite a lot of parents in Zim would behave almost the exact same way if it were them. That’s how far we have come

    2. Child abuse kudii…if the kid was a singer or actor and he got that popular maitaura nezve child abuse here imimi. Ibvai apa…this is the pulling down syndrome you Africans have.

  4. This story is typical of someone who does not understand that things change. This is one of the ways that social media is changing the world. There is nothing absolutely wrong with whatever those companies did. The video was posted as a joke so the joke was maintained. Imimi makuda kuisa maEthics ipapa. Things are changing this how the opportunity came for that young man. You are talking about the safety of the kid, what if he was a singer. Just because he was made to seem like a charitable case makuti what was done is wrong. After all that kid aitodya and he comes from a family and he is taken care of. A joke turned out to be something great. I applaud the person who uploaded that video. We have a lot of kids around the world doing showing amazing talents and they are getting over 20 million views and now just because this one is a Zimbabwean you say it’s wrong. That is the pulling down syndrome we always talk about. Let the kid shine, let those companies even engage him to be their brand ambassador. Ngaaite bag mfana uyu achiri mudiki kudaro….

    1. You said it yourself: he was made to ‘seem like’ a charitable case. How is that comparable to talent?

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