Sulu, Kira ap­pointed Braille li­brary am­bas­sadors

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DENDERA king Su­lumani Chim­betu and Bu­l­away­obased gospel mu­si­cian Clarence “Kira” Garura have been ap­pointed Good­will Am­bas­sadors for the Bu­l­awayo Pub­lic Li­brary Braille sec­tion in a bid to save it from shut­ting down.

The Braille sec­tion of the Bu­l­awayo Pub­lic Li­brary launched an em­pow­er­ment pro­gramme last Thurs­day that will see visu­ally im­paired peo­ple hav­ing more ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion.

Braille is a sys­tem of raised dots that can be read with the fin­gers by peo­ple who are blind. In Au­gust, Sulu and Kira teamed up with Jeys Mara­bini to try and raise $50 000 to re­vamp the li­brary.

Bu­l­awayo Braille Li­brary co-or­di­na­tor, Kil­lion Dube said the two were cho­sen be­cause of their in­tegrity and in­flu­ence.

“Sulu and Kira are peo­ple of in­tegrity who demon­strate a strong de­sire to help mo­bilise pub­lic in­ter­est and sup­port our cause. “They also have po­ten­tial to reach out to sig­nif­i­cant au­di­ences in­clud­ing de­ci­sion mak­ers,” said Dube. Sulu said he was hon­oured by the new ap­point­ment and will soon be in stu­dio to com­pose a song meant to raise aware­ness on the plight of the visu­ally im­paired. “I’ll col­lab­o­rate with my co-am­bas­sador, Kira for the song. Ide­ally, it must be out by the end of the year. “Hope­fully, those who fol­low my mu­sic will see the need to help the Braille Li­brary and also show that the visu­ally im­paired need to en­joy the same rights such as ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion, like us,” said Sulu. Said Kira: “I’m hon­oured to be cho­sen among a plethora of gospel mu­si­cians to be an am­bas­sador for this wor­thy cause. I hope and pray that with my in­flu­ence, I can ar­tic­u­late their is­sues to the pop­u­lace.” He said as part of rais­ing aware­ness, they were plan­ning to hold shows around the coun­try. “We’re plan­ning to hold con­certs around the coun­try to spread word that the Braille Li­brary, the only one in Zim­babwe needs help. ‘‘We shall rope in other artistes to help us spread the word. I’ve vis­ited the li­brary and it’s in a de­plorable state. The books are out­dated as they don’t con­trib­ute much to the aca­demic side of the visu­ally im­paired,” said Kira.

Su­lumani Chim­betu and Clarence Kira Garura

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