By Staff Reporter
THE MDC-T has pledged to establish a disability ministry to be led by a person with a disability if elected to form the country’s next government next year.
This was said by party spokesperson Obert Gutu who also took time to urge physically challenged locals to increase their involvement in the country’s governance systems.
Gutu urged the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to establish Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) systems that are specific to the needs of Zimbabweans with disabilities.
“We are one nation together and we would like all eligible Zimbabweans to be able to register to vote,” he said in a statement.
“The MDC would want to go a step further and strongly encourage persons with disabilities to get more and more involved in matters of governance so that a significant number of the contestants in next year’s elections can come from persons with disabilities.
“In fact, an MDC government will create a specific Cabinet Ministry for persons with disabilities whose Minister will be a person with disability.
“At any rate, this is the modern trend the world over and as a progressive and dynamic social democratic political party, the MDC would not want to be left behind in the global trend of mainstreaming all matters pertaining to persons with disabilities.”
His comments come after the National Association of Societies for the Care of the Handicapped last week petitioned Parliament to exercise its legislative and oversight functions and protect the constitutionally guaranteed rights of the persons with disabilities to participate fully in the electoral process.
Statistics have shown that at least 10% of the population of Zimbabwe consists of persons with disabilities.