Zanu neglect disabled

An association representing people with disabilities has castigated Zanu (PF) for neglecting the needs of disadvantaged people over the past few years.

Johannes Manomwe Chagwiza, Masvingo Provincial chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Zimbabwe, said the former ruling party had overlooked the rights of people with disabilities and he hoped the inclusive government would take more action.

“We are going to approach the local political leaders and confront them over issues affecting people living with various forms of disability. We need to be given the platform to express our views. Politicians must consider our plight. We experienced problems at the hands of Zanu (PF) politicians who never entertained our requests and concerns. We must be given equal space and equal opportunities to participate in vital national processes,” said Chagwiza.

He said that besides being snubbed by Zanu (PF) politicians, people with disabilities were generally ostracized from the broader society.

“I want to salute MDC officials, Festus Dumbu (Zaka West MP) and Senator Misheck Marava (Zaka) for coming up with programmes to serve the interests of people with disabilities. It is a fact that we are being alienated from the broader society. Some people do not want to be associated with people with disabilities. I hope that various stakeholders will move in to assist our cause,” he said.

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