Government promises disability friendly transport infrastructure

by | Sep 12, 2021 | Local News | 0 comments


Brian Rungano Temba

Government has promised to expeditiously rectify the existing public transport infrastructure, which in its current state does not adequately cater for people with disability.

Following the launch of the urban trains by ZUPCO and NRZ, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Mr Nick Mangwana ran a live blog in which he was updating his followers on the functionality of the train.

In the reactions to blog, some raised conditions over how the trains, and to some extent buses, are not disability friendly.

Mr Mangwana responded with an undertaking, promising to seek solutions with urgency.

“A legitimate concern that is being raised about our very functional and effective trains is the lack of Disabled Access. Govt has noted this concern and will address it. On the 9th of June 2021, President @edmnangagwa launched the National Disability Policy. We intend to live it,” wrote Permanent Secretary Mangwana on his Twitter.

The National Disability Policy addresses a vacuum on how to effectively address disability issues that had been there since 1980.



The National Disability Policy calls on Government and other stakeholders to ensure access to employment for persons with disabilities and strive to ensure that 15 percent of their workforce in all sectors comprise people with disabilities.

The public transport sector serves as an economic safety net for the general populace that was revived under the Second Republic and Government is working to ensure no one is left behind.