Employ Disabled with necessary qualifications -Scott


Vice President Guy Scott has advised companies and organisations in the country to consider employing persons with disabilities who possess necessary qualifications.

Dr Scott said no person should be discriminated on the basis of having a disability as government is working at ensuring that living standards of all people are improved.

The Vice President was speaking in Lusaka on May 15th in a speech read on his behalf by the Deputy Minister in his office, Davis Muhango, during the Leonard Cheshire Young Voices Regional Conference Reception.

He said government attaches values to the needs of people living with disabilities through the creation of favourable employment and business opportunities for all Zambians.

Dr Scott stated that government has demonstrated its respects for the rights of people with disabilities by ratifying and domesticating the United Nations Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.

He further noted that government has also made all new bridges and public buildings accessible to persons with disability as well as creating inclusive education for people with disabilities through a memorandum of understanding signed with Cheshire homes.

Meanwhile, Leonard Cheshire Regional Chairperson for Southern Africa, Guadenzio Rossi, thanked government for its commitment shown in alleviating living conditions of people living with disabilities in the country.

Mr Rossi further pledged support to the Young Voices (YV) Project in Zambia and urge YV members from eight countries in the southern region to participate fully to champion their cause.

And Young Voices Swaziland facilitator, Phindiwe Mnisi, said issues of disability still remain a challenge in most parts of African countries and still remain with more to be done.

Ms Mnisi sited lack of easy access to public transport, buildings and discrimination as some of the major challenges needing urgent attention.