Political parties fight for disabled persons vote

Political parties in the country are stepping on each other’s toes to court people with disabilities ahead of the next elections The National Association for the Care of the Handicapped, which has 53 organisations that promote the rights of the disabled, has already met with Zanu (PF) and ZAPU.

Speaking at a workshop for the media last week NASOH Director Farai Makuta said that since the meetings top political figures have been eager to lure people with disability who number close to 1.3 million. “We are being called by Zanu (PF) they want another meeting and also ZAPU is constantly sending e-mails on how we can work together. We are going to meet Mavambo and both wings of the MDC to discuss how people with disabilities can be involved,” said Makuta.

People with disabilities have in the past been excluded from key social aspects such as education.

Both Zanu (PF) and MDC-T have since 2009 been wooing members of the apostolic church with Zanu (PF) going a step further by introducing mobile voter registration among members of the apostolic churches.

Last week Tobaiwa Mudede, the discredited Registrar General who is past his retirement age and a self-confessed Zanu (PF) supporter, admitted in Parliament that he has been giving national identity documents such birth certificates to members of the church to enable them to vote.

Makuta said that political parties should shift the radar from the apostolic church and engage the 1.3 million people with disability who for the most part are eager to vote but cannot because they do not have national registration documents.

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