‘Treat dis­abled with in­tegrity’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pamela Shumba Se­nior Re­porter

THE Govern­ment is in the process of im­ple­ment­ing a num­ber of pro­grammes to en­sure pro­vi­sion of rights based so­cial ser­vices and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties, Pub­lic Ser­vice, Labour and So­cial Wel­fare Minister Prisca Mup­fu­mira has said.

Ad­dress­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives of peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties dur­ing a meet­ing at the NSSA Work­ers’ Com­pen­sa­tion Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre in Bu­l­awayo on Wed­nes­day, Minister Mup­fu­mira said peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties were an im­por­tant group that needs to be treated with in­tegrity.

Minister Mup­fu­mira was in­vited by peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties to dis­cuss is­sues of concern and map the way for­ward.

“My Min­istry is man­dated to pro­vide so­cial pro­tec­tion ser­vices and co-or­di­nate dis­abil­ity is­sues. In line with this man­date a num­ber of pro­grammes are be­ing im­ple­mented to en­sure pro­vi­sion of rights based so­cial ser­vices and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of per­sons liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties.

“Th­e­se­pro­grammesin­clude­the­p­ro­vi­sionof­main­te­nance al­lowances, vo­ca­tional train­ing fees, med­i­cal as­sis­tance, mi­cro fi­nance, in­sti­tu­tional ad­min­is­tra­tive sup­port and ed­u­ca­tional sup­port to learn­ers with dis­abil­i­ties in pri­mary and se­condary schools,” said Minister Mup­fu­mira.

She said the Con­sti­tu­tion cre­ated a num­ber of obli­ga­tions for the State. “The Min­istry is in the process of align­ing the Dis­abled Per­sons Act and I will en­sure that this process lives up to our prom­ise of en­sur­ing con­sul­ta­tion of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties from the de­sign state right up to con­clu­sion of due pro­cesses in an ef­fort to en­sure that peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties are treated with in­tegrity.

“Leg­isla­tive align­ment will, how­ever, not stall or lead to ces­sa­tion of the process of com­ing up with a Na­tional Dis­abil­ity Pol­icy to op­er­a­tionalise pro­vi­sions in the var­i­ous pieces of leg­is­la­tion that re­late to dis­abil­ity,” said Minister Mup­fu­mira.

She said de­spite re­source con­straints that the coun­try is fac­ing, it was im­por­tant to con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of per­sons liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties.

The Minister said a gap has arisen between some dis­abled per­sons’ or­gan­i­sa­tions and peo­ple that they should serve as ev­i­denced by re­cent events.

“Some des­ti­tute per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties con­tinue to in­un­date our of­fices ar­tic­u­lat­ing is­sues that may no longer be pri­ori­tised by the registered or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Zanu-PF’s sec­re­tary for the dis­abled and dis­ad­van­taged, Cde Joshua Malinga, said the pur­pose of the meet­ing was to fight stigma. — @pame­lashumba1

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