President Lazarus Chakwera says there must be deliberate measures that might be put in place ensuring inclusion of persons with disabilities in all sectors so that the Malawi vision 2063 agenda must be a reality as one of its components is ‘leaving no one behind’. He was speaking at the commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities- IDPD on 3rd December held at Masintha Ground in Lilongwe.
In his speech, Chakwera ordered the ministry of Transport & Public Works and the Ministry of Local Government that the authorities in such ministries must join hands ensuring that the construction projects are in line with the accessibility standards so that persons with disabilities must access all the public spaces.
He said, “It is disheartening at this time we are pursuing for the vision 2063, almost all of our buildings are inaccessible to persons with disabilities and that slogan of ‘leaving no one behind’ will not be achieved at all. I therefore make the directive to the Ministry of Transport & Public Works together with the Ministry of Local Government both should make sure that the awarding of contracts to the construction films must look how best that contractor would come up with a building with all accessibility standards. This directive is with an immediate effect and must be looked into before the end of the 2022/23 fiscal year”.
Malawi joined the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities which was set by the United Nations in 1992 that the member states must be commemorating the lives of persons with disabilities on every 3rd December.