Senator calls for joint partnerships to improve disabled’s welfare


Dumisani Ndlovu

GWERU — Conquering the countrys economic challenges requires the support and contribution of
all sectors of the economy, disability activist and Senator Nasper Manyau has said.
Speaking at the Netone Albinism Fun and Talent Day in Gweru on Saturday, Sen Manyau said the
challenges facing people with albinism and the entire disability constituency were predominantly
related to the countrys economic situation.
“It is important that Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) have a sustained economic power in order to
meet their essential needs and contribute towards community development,” she said.
The senator believed that if their members are capacitated, empowered and given equal Public-
Private Partnership (PPP) opportunities, this will create more employment opportunities for people
with disabilities.
She said the disability community was struggling with inadequate resources, which inevitably
impacted on the quality and quantity of service they are able to provide.The government is doing what it can to address the economic challenges the country is facing.
However, we all know that overcoming them takes time. We however, have quite a number of
projects which we invite public and private entities to come and partner with us.
“For example, we have young people with disabilities who manufacture high quality coffins. It will
help empower them if companies, emulate what Netone is doing and partner with PWDs initiatives,’’
Sanator Manyau said.
She called for support so that people living with disabilities can overcome some of their challenges.It also requires the full support and contribution of all sectors of the economy and society. Rather
than waiting for things to get better, we need, all of us, to find ways of tackling the economic
challenges we face.
“It is through such partnerships and jointly tackling and overcoming the challenges affecting us that
we will be able to improve the country’s health services and further develop the country,she said.

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