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State committed to sign language – Inonge

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STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT is fully committed to ensuring that people with disabilities access information and other services, Vice-President Inonge Wina has told Parliament.
Mrs Wina said during the 30-minute Vice-President’s question time on Friday that there is a sign-language interpreter at every government event to cater for hearing-impaired persons.
She was responding to a question by Chipata Central member of Parliament Mtolo Phiri (MMD), who wanted to know whether Government will consider making sign language another official language.
“What is Government’s position on recognising sign language as another official language in Zambia?” Mr Phiri asked.
In response, Mrs Wina said: “Mr Speaker, the member of Parliament may be aware that at every government function we have a sign language interpreter. This shows the commitment that the government has towards people with disabilities.”
On whether sign language should be considered as an official language, Mrs Wina said the matter has to be deliberated first before Government comes up with a position.




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