Controversial ZANU PF activist Fidelis Fengu has called on government to take disability issues seriously and align disability laws to the United Nations convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.
In an interview with the Mail and Telegraph on Tuesday, Fengu said government was seized with other things like the state of the economy and not doing enough on issues involving people living with disabilities.
“The government is not doing enough to help people with disabilities, the government is currently seized with other business, if we look at the fuel situation, you look at the state of the economy and they have sort of relegated disability issues to the bottom of the arrow.
“Even if you look at the legislation, aligning the United Convention on persons with disabilities, aligning it with our laws and everything else has not been made a priority, people are looking at things like devolution of state power, people are looking at other legislations and those that have to deal with disability have been relegated to the bottom of the pack so I will stand firmly and say I do not think government is doing enough.
“Government needs to be pressured, government needs to take disability issues seriously make them a priority because it is simple things like changing the laws, the Disability Act of 1992 is outdated, if we can fix that,” Fengu said.
He said people living with disabilities should be involved in crafting their own policies.
“If we can align all our laws to the UN convention on rights of persons with disabilities, if we can get persons with disabilities to represent themselves in policy making, I think that alone would open and transform the lives of people with disabilities,” he said
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol (A/RES/61/106) was adopted on 13 December 2006 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and was opened for signature on 30 March 2007.
It is the first comprehensive human rights treaty of the 21st century and is the first human rights convention to be open for signature by regional integration organizations. The Convention entered into force on 3 May 2008.