Call for Katiba to include interests of the Disabled

People with hearing and visual impairment in Kilimanjaro region want their needs and those of other disabilities to feature prominently in the new Constitution.

Speaking during the forum to discuss the draft constitution in late August, Mr. Sultan Meena who has hearing impairment said his group was left behind in the country’s development process because they can not communicate effectively.

“The new Constitution should protect us because we can neither hear well nor communicate our concerns effectively given our disabilities,” he said during the forum.

He added the people with hearing impairment are even more challenged since they can not communicate well, especially when going to hospitals, courts, banks or/and when using public transport facilities.

Mr Meena cited local TV programs, many of which, do not have interpretation slots to effectively enable people with hearing impairments.

Contributing to the debate, Ms Elizabeth Laizer, who has visual impairments said the new constitution should address their needs. She said people with disabilities like hers need special working tools to enable them to carry out their day-to-day activities.

The Director of White Orange Youth Organization, Mr John Kessy, said his organisation was prepared to give more chance to different groups of people to discuss on the draft constitution – especially the disability.

 

 

 

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