President Mnangagwa set to launch the National Disability Policy

by | Jun 9, 2021 | Business, Local News, Politics | 0 comments


By Pretty Manyewe

President Mnangagwa is anytime from now expected to launch the National Disability Policy, at an event which is already underway in Harare.
The NDP is meant to guide the state and all institutions and agencies of the government, development partners and all sectors at every level in formulating and supporting the implementation of laws, policies and intervention strategies that lead to a fulfilling, promoting, protecting and respecting the rights of persons with disabilities in Zimbabwe.

The NDP is another strategy being taken by the Second Republic to achieve its vision 2030 of making Zimbabwe an Empowered and prosperous upper middle income society by year 2030.

In a statement Professor Paul Mavima, the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, acknowledged the efforts being made by the Second Republic in the betterment of lives of those living with disabilities.

“The reality is that the Second Republic is moving from regarding persons with disabilities as unfortunate and suffering victims of impairment who should just receive donations from well-wishers for which they must be grateful,” he said.

“The Second Republic is also departing from regarding persons with disabilities as sick persons who should assume the morbidity role of passivity. By taking a human rights approach which is embedded with the social model of disability and the intersectional model, the Government of Zimbabwe acknowledges the inherent dignity, worth and equality of all human beings and the fundamental human rights and freedoms of all people including those of persons with disabilities,” he continued.

The NDP seeks to address the oppression, marginalization and discrimination experienced by persons with disabilities because of the intersection of disability and various identity markers that frame the experiences of their life worlds.