Call made for Katiba to include interests of the Disabled


KILIMANJARO - 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 a forum organized by White Orange Youth Organization to discuss the new constitution draft in late August, Mr. Sultan Meena who has hearing impairment said his group was left behind in the country’s development process because they cannot 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 cannot 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 impairment 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.

After being facilitated by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) to conduct the forum, 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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