MASVINGO – The Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) has embarked on a disability inclusion survey project to assess the extent of participation of people living with disabilities in public life.
There is concern that people living with disabilities are not being supported to fully participate in churches, public and private sectors as well as in civic society.
The survey was launched by ZCC provincial members during a workshop at Chevron Hotel in Masvingo last Friday.
ZCC Masvingo District Superintendent Jairos Mafondokoto told The Mirror that the programme is meant to ensure that facilities in the city are inclusive and take care of the plight of disabled persons.
“Our transport system, buildings, private sector, churches, Government systems and many others should be accommodative to people with disabilities. We will make our survey, focusing on the facilities in Masvingo,” said Mafondokoto.
A research conducted by the ZCC in Manicaland last year indicated that
Zimbabwe’s transport system is 52% not accessible to persons with disabilities. Public buildings and toilets are 40% not accessible while private sector company buildings and services are only 26% accessible.
Disabled Amalgamation Community Trust (DACT) Director Henry Chivhanga applauded the initiative by ZCC, saying that the issue of inclusion should emanate from a rights-based perspective.
One of the research consultants, Tsepang Nare, said that the Masvingo survey is likely to produce similar results.