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people not happy with Act
Reporter, The Chronicle (Zimbabwe)
August 01, 2007
People's Act (DPA) should be amended because it has a
bias towards the physically handicapped at the expense of other
disabilities, delegates to a National
Association of Societies for the Care of the Handicapped (NASCOH)
workshop in Bulawayo said yesterday.
"I feel the DPA
has to be repealed although it might be difficult for the legislators
to come up with another name that encompasses all sectors of disability.
For this reason, I suggest that the name be retained but some sections
which seem biased towards the physically challenged be totally repealed,"
said one of the participants.
The national research
and advocacy officer for NASCOH, Mr Tsarai Mungoni, said the Act
was dividing people with disabilities.
"This Act makes
the physically challenged people think that that the Act is for
them and that they are better than all people with disabilities.
However, people with disabilities include the physically challenged,
mentally challenged, the visual impaired, the hearing impaired and
even the albinos," he said.
He cited Section
23 of the Zimbabwean
Constitution which he said states that noone should be discriminated
on the basis of his physical ability.
Section 23 of the Constitution needs immediate repeal because it
leaves out some people with disabilities like us, the visually impaired,"
Meanwhile, a lack of
funds is hampering NASCOH from implementing its activities, an official
In an interview, Mrs
Nomsa Sibanda, who works with mentally challenged children in the
Midlands province, said a shortage of funds was a major drawback.
"We cannot do our
outreach programmes due to lack of finances. At the end we are urban
centred, yet we are supposed to reach the rural people as well,"
Mrs Sibanda was attending
the two day NASCOH Southern Region workshop which ended in Bulawayo
"We have a strong
desire to visit disabled rural people and listen to their problems
and refer them to organisations that can assist them but without
funds our dreams can never be fulfilled," she said.
Mrs Sibanda said Midlands
province wanted to have statistics of people with disabilities but
that needed money.
"We do not have
statistics of the children with disabilities. There is need for
data collection of those people and that is why we are calling for
a census specifically for the disabled so that we may know how many
do we have at the moment," she said.
NASCOH is an association
of 53 organisations for people living with disability.
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