No Presidential scholarships for the disabled

People living with disabilities last week say they are being left out of the Presidential Scholarship scheme administered by Manicaland Provincial Governor Chris Mushowe.


Kudzai Shava, who is blind, is an advocate officer for the National Association and Society for the Care of the Handicapped in Mutare. He said they had made several applications for bursaries but received none, and Mushowe had refused to meet with them on several occasions.

"We do not want a quota to be set but just that they allow us in too. Sometime when I applied I was not admitted because they said I was blind," said Shava.

The granting of scholarships by the President's office through Mushowe has alienated many groups who feel that the scholarship is given along party lines.

“You go and tell the governor that we are not happy that he did not come, we expected more from him and we hope that this will not happen again,” said one participant at a workshop in Mutare to the provincial director for welfare, Ms Mlambo, who read the governor’s speech.

Efforts to get a comment from Mushowe were fruitless but Farai Mukuta, NASCOH director, wrote to the governor expressing the dismay of people with disabilities and also their expectations after having been urged to do so by Mlambo.

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