People living with disabilities want budget boost

HARARE - People living with disabilities have said they are being let down by underfunding and are calling for a boost in funds allocated to them in the 2019 National Budget.

A Deaf Zimbabwe Trust official said President Emmerson Mnangagwa specifically mentioned that the lives of persons with disabilities are a priority and will improve during his tenure.

“Such statements can move from rhetoric to reality if resources are allocated to disability inclusion,” Barbara Nyangairi, the DZT spokesperson said in a statement.

She called on the Primary and Secondary Education as well as the Higher Education, Science and Technology Development ministries to prioritise children and students with special needs to have access to quality education and Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare ministry to capacitate the Disability Board and to staff the post of director for Disabled Persons’ Affairs which has remained vacant since the Act was promulgated.


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