Persons living with disabilities call for more representation in DMPs

By ZBC Reporter
CONSULTATIONS on the draft national disability policy and persons with disabilities bill are continuing across the country with the people of Masvingo appealing for the appointment of more persons with disabilities to key decision making positions (DMP) in all sectors.
Consultations on the draft national disability policy and persons with disabilities bill are being held in all provinces with the latest being at the Civic centre in Masvingo.
Special advisor on disabilities issues in the president’s office, Dr Joshua Malinga said the policy review meetings will provide guidelines on the way forward.
This policy will tell people out there and stakeholders who provide services how they should treat people living disabilities at school, sports and other spheres,” said Dr Malinga.
Disability expert at UNICEF, Dr Christine Peta said the consultative meetings will give persons with disabilities a platform to air their views and grievances.
“We want to hear the voice, know their views and experience which will help on the development of the bill,” she explained.

Among the key recommendations at the consultation meeting in Masvingo was the issue of improving human rights and participation of persons living with disabilities in social, economic and political spheres
“Ini ndoshuwa kuti tikave empowered like ma grants ekuti tizviitire zvenhu zvedu,” (I wish to have empowerment grants so can establish my own projects) said a participant.
“Ini ndoshanda nemaoko dai ndaiwana mishinna yakaita yekusona ndazviitira zvinhu zvangu ndega,” ( I am industrious and if I could get a sewing machine I would be self-sustaining), said another participant.
The disability act which was last amended in 1996 is being aligned to the Constitution of Zimbabwe.