Government in Mufumbwe district of North Western province has maintained that it will continue to support people with disabilities through sensitisation and awareness programmes.
Social Welfare Programmes Officer, Sondashi Musenge, says government remains committed to providing disabled people in the country with sustainable programmes, among them the soon-to-be implemented Social Cash Transfer programme in the district.
Mr Musenge stated that government would not condone discrimination against people with disabilities because being disabled did not mean that a person was incapable of doing things.
Mr Musenge further urged people with disabilities not to discriminate against themselves but to instead utilise their other gifts and talents to ensure they are not overly dependent on government.
The Programmes Officer said this in an interview with ZANIS to mark the commemoration of World Disabilities Day whose theme is “Break Barriers, Open Doors: for Inclusive Society and Development for All.”
Meanwhile, Mufumbwe Community Development Officer, John Masumba, said there is need to incorporate disabled people on government programmes in line with this year’s theme of inclusiveness.
Mr Masumba said there should not be any difference between those who are disabled and those who are not in the governance of the nation.
“Everyone must benefit from the national cake, no one should be left out whether disabled or not,” he said.
And Chairperson for People Living With Disabilities in Mufumbwe, Hilda Chipango, has called for more support from government and the private sector towards people with disabilities.