MIKE MUGALA, Lusaka
THE Ministry of Community Development and Social Welfare is working with the Ministry of Justice to come up with legislation which will enable people living with disabilities to access free education.
Speaking when he featured on Diamond Television programme dubbed Night Live on Thursday, acting director of social welfare Kennedy Mumba said most people living with disabilities are disadvantaged in the provision of services because of lack of education and necessary skills.
He said Government is committed to improving the welfare of people living with disabilities and a lot more needs to be done to ensure that the Disability Act is fully rolled out and implemented.
He said his ministry has developed a national social protection policy on disability which will promote inclusiveness, adding that the ministry has undergone restructuring to improve the provision of services for people living with disabilities.
Mr Mumba urged stakeholders to come on board and provide support to government in uplifting the plight of people living with disabilities.
He also said the ministry will soon despatch a team of inspectors to conduct inspections on most public infrastructure and motor vehicles to ensure that they conform to the Disability Act.
And the social welfare has said there is need for most public infrastructure across the country to be accessed by people living with disabilities.
He noted that most of the buildings in the country do not support the welfare of people living with disabilities.
“We believe people living with disabilities have over the years been disadvantaged in the provision of services in our country. Most of the public infrastructure, for example, does not meet the plight of people living with disabilities,” he said.