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People with disabilities slam Govt for fake promises

                                                         Ezra Chadzamira


Courage Dutiro
Persons
with disabilities (PWDs) have spoken strongly against fake promises made by
government in the run up to last year’s harmonised elections, saying such
conduct amounted to disrespect that could not be tolerated.
Participants
at belated celebrations to mark the International Day for Persons With
Disabilities at the Civic Centre this week complained that promises made by
government never come to fruition.
They
urged the Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs, Ezra Chadzamira to
take people with disabilities’ grievances seriously.
Zimbabwe
Association of the Visually Handicapped (ZAVH) executive director, Timothy
Mudarikwa said an empowerment fund promised by government through the Reserve
Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) in 2018 never materialised.
“Our
names are being used to get funds but we are not benefiting from those funds.
The $5 million empowerment fund for the disabled that we were promised in 2018
benefitted none of us here yet we were told it belonged to us,” said Mudarikwa.
The
celebrations, which ran under the theme ‘Empowering Persons with Disabilities
and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality to Walk the Talk’, gave the disabled a
chance to share ideas and experiences.
Other
participants called upon government not to disrespect people with disabilities
by making fake promises, saying Chadzamira could help by taking their
grievances forward.
“We
were promised farms, residential stands and other many things but nothing
tangible has been done for us,” said Disability Amalgamation Community Trust
(DACT) national chairperson Purazeni Jakata.

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