Nkhotakota district disability forum (DDF) has called on councillors and area development committees (ADCs) to include people with disabilities (PwDs) in development and governance programmes.
DDF chairperson William Afaki expressed concern that while some ADCs recognise the roles people with disability play, others do not.
He said: “Mwadzama ADC is doing well because we have reports that eight PwDs took part in public works programme, nine benefitted from farm input subsidy programme (Fisp) while 11 have been considered for decent and affordable housing programme.”
He said they decided to meet the councillors because they are athe bridge to development.
Nkhotakota district council chairperson Samson Kaziputa said the concerns by the PwDs have been ignored for long and that change is urgently needed.
He said: “Councillors love all people including PwDs; they are the right people to take part in developmental programmes mentioned.”
DDF is an umbrella organisation for all disability organisations in the district, such as Malawi Union for the Blind (MUB), Malawi National Association for the Deaf (Manand) and Parents of Disabled Children Association in Malawi (Podcam).