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Fedoma courts Mzuzu councillors on Disability Act

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Federation of Disability Organisations in Malawi (Fedoma) has said ward councillors have a key role in advocating and sensitising their subjects to the Disability Act is concerned.

The Disability Act, was passed by Malawi Parliament in 2012 but details of it remain sketchy to the general public.

Fedoma’s Finance Manager, Virginia Nyalo, said: “Persons with disabilities continue to suffer in silence” because they are not acquainted with information regarding the new law.

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“Up to now, the Disability Act is not yet known to the general public yet it was passed in 2012 by the Malawi Parliament. We decided to court the councillors because they represent many a people and they can definitely relay what we have discussed with them to their subjects,” Nyalo said.

Among others, the new Act advocates that people with disabilities should not be looked at as objects of charity but rather as people with potential to hit it big in life.

“For a natural person once they are found in the wrong on issues concerning people with disabilities, penalties range from K200 000 or one to two years imprisonment with hard labour while for institutions penalties start from a million kwacha,” Nyalo said.

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Representative of the councillors, Samuel Gondwe, said they were thankful to Fedoma for the meeting.

“We will incorporate what we have learnt in the meetings we conduct regularly,” Gondwe said.

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