EDITOR — The United Nations has set December 3 as the International Day for persons living with disabilities all over the world.
Section 33 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment No 20 deals with rights of persons living with disabilities.
The Government must take appropriate measures within the limits of the resources available to it to ensure persons living with disabilities realise their full mental and physical potential, including measures to promote productive education to ensure that learners with disabilities achieve their maximum potential and live independent lives and contributing to the development of the country as productive citizens.
The Government must protect them from all forms of exploitation and abuse through the Judicial Service Commission and membership of the Law Society of Zimbabwe and the community.
The private sector has supported the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education on learners with special needs to offer them technical skills training and results are in place for all to see.
Learners with special needs with two years’ industrial experience can be trade-tested by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education to become skilled workers.
Society, the judiciary and members of the Law Society of Zimbabwe should not take persons living with disabilities to have mental defiencies but should treat them with respect.
The Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises Development should support businesses run by persons living with disabilities and to create linkages with other players in business world.
On health care, the Government should give persons living with disabilities free medical treatment as the cost of drugs is very high and out of the reach for most persons living with disabilities.
An amendment of Section 83 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe on the rights of persons living with disabilities should be in place and the Disability Act Chapter 17:02 of 1992 must be aligned with the new laws of our country.
Corruption and criminal activities are destroying our our nation. Persons living with disabilities recommend a recording system at the magistrates’ courts across the country to deter covering for each other on corruption and criminal activities and to place words in the mouth of persons living with disabilities.
Winston Mwere, Bulawayo