Leave disability issues out of politics – Ngwale

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Leave disability issues out of politics – Ngwale

Lusaka, Jul 30/14, ZANIS —-Zambia Disability, HIV and AIDS Human Rights Activist, Elijah Ngwale, has urged politicians in the country to remove politics out of disability issues. 

Mr Ngwale says persons living with disabilities in Zambia also play a pivotal role in accelerating national development.

Mr. Ngwale advised politicians to concentrate on solutions that would develop the country and stop mud-slinging by dragging individuals and persons with disability into ridicule.

He was speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today.

“It is very disturbing that politicians in this country are using disability to champion their political mileage. Under the Disability Act number 6 of 2012, it is an offense because the government domesticated the Convention on People with Disabilities,” Mr Ngwale lamented. 

He advised the opposition MMD to leave PF Kawambwa Member of Parliament and Home Affairs deputy minister, Nixon Chilangwa, alone as opposed to de-campaigning him on grounds of disability.

MMD is reported to have advised Mr Chilangwa not to use his disability to gain political sympathy.

Mr Chilangwa said in a media statement that he is not worried that the former ruling party is using his disability as a campaign issue.

The Deputy Minister said he rose in his lifetime through his hard work.