Poverty levels among persons with disabilities rise

POVERTY levels among persons living with disabilities have continued to be on the rise in Zambia, says Disability Rights Watch (DRW) coordinator Bruce Chooma.

Mr. Chooma said that was so because such people were a lot more disadvantaged in society than the rest of the individuals.

He appealed to Government to quickly look at the possibility of implementing the disabilities Act to benefit persons living with disabilities and issue a statutory instrument for the reservation of employment in the public and private sector for such persons.

“Specific things that need to be done include the need to issue a statutory instrument to provide for the reservation of employment in the public and private sector for people with disabilities  in line with the disabilities Act so that disabled persons who have skills will be able to get employed,”he said.

Speaking in line with the International Day of Persons With Disabilities which was commemorated under the theme: Focusing on developing the human rights for persons with disabilities,’ Mr. Chooma said there was need also to ensure that infrastructure being built was easy to access for persons with disabilities.

Mr. Chooma said Government through the Ministry of Transport should also compel public service transporters to ensure that all their vehicles allowed people with disabilities to use them.

“Mobility and access to transport for them is very important, we need government through the Ministry of Transport to compel public transport operators to ensure that all their vehicles are able to allow persons with disabilities to use them,” he added.

Mr. Chooma, however, expressed displeasure at the  low turnout of members of the public in commemorating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities at Lusaka’s show grounds. – Courtesy of Millennium Radio

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