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Zimbabweans Applaud Parly for Taking Care of Disabled MPs

  • Irwin  Chifera

Speaker of Parliament of Zimbabwe, Jacob Mudenda. (Photo/Citizen Journalist)

Speaker of Parliament of Zimbabwe, Jacob Mudenda. (Photo/Citizen Journalist)

Organizations representing people living with disabilities have applauded Parliament of Zimbabwe for relaxing its standing rules and orders to allow aides of disabled legislators to accompany them into parliament chambers and committee meetings.

Director Farai Mukuta of the National Association of Societies for the Care of the Handicapped said this move by parliament was most welcome.

Mukuta said parliament must also provide order papers and other literature in braille and voice synthesizers that those lawmakers with disabilities can have in order to read and analyze debates well after there have been presented in the House of Assembly.

Masimba Kuchera of the Centre for Disability and Development also applauded parliament saying it shows that the legislature is implementing some provisions of the new constitution.

Meanwhile, the House of Assembly will Wednesday discuss the killing of more than 60 civilians by terrorist group al-Shabaab at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya last month.

Shadow Minister of International Co-operation and Makokoba lawmaker, Gorden Moyo of the MDC-T, told parliament that he will move the motion asking parliament to condemn the killings as well as passing condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in the attack.

The Kenyan government says 67 people, including five terrorists, were killed when al-Shabaab gunmen stormed the Westgate Mall and killed innocent civilians. The group has claimed responsibility for the attack.