SHIKANDA KAWANGA, Livingstone
SOUTHERN Province minister Edify Hamukale has called on employers in the country to give equal employment opportunities to the differently abled persons.
And Mr Hamukale has advised people living with disabilities to be independent and avoid moving around with children who are supposed to be in school.
Speaking during a capacity-building workshop on rights of persons with disabilities in Livingstone yesterday, Dr Hamukale said companies must reserve some positions for the disabled to reduce on discrimination in terms of employment opportunities.
“The differently abled persons can contribute to the economic growth of the country as they can be employed in various departments. We need to avoid discriminating them.
“We need to treat persons with disabilities with dignity and respect, while promoting their personal independence and autonomy to make their own decisions and choices in life,” he said.
He said persons with disabilities are still being stigmatised even when they have qualifications.
Dr Hamukale also advised people with disabilities to desist from moving around with children as their guides as this is disadvantaging the children from achieving their dreams.