EAC: Persons with disabilities seek ways to promote their rights

By Elias Hakizimana

Persons with disabilities in the East African Community region are discussing ways to support each other in tackling problems they face in their daily life circumstances through promoting their rights.

The move for this initiative is being discussed in Kigali in a two-day regional workshop on disability that started on February 8, 2018 to end on February 9, 2018.

The workshop has gathered together participants from Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Kenya and South Sudan.

Participants have committed to assess the recommendations and implementations of the previous meetings with the focus to support their community in line with implementing the decisions took from the previous “Kigali declaration’s convention of person with disability”

Lomaris Niyomugabo, president of the national council for persons with disabilities said that they have agreed with the representatives of people with disabilities from different countries to submit the recommendations to their states’ presidents in order to implement them.

One of the recommendations from the previous meetings was to gather persons with disabilities in the EAC disability council and vote their representatives.

“We are seeking together how to make further step in promoting the rights of persons with disabilities in Rwanda and we will learn from how other people with disabilities from neighbouring countries are using the existing opportunities to fast track the socio-economic development,” said Niyomugabo.

He said that the vision of persons with disabilities is based- on inclusive society by interacting with all the entities in their respective countries.

Emmanuel Ndayisaba, the Executive Secretary of the national council for persons with disabilities (NCPD) said that there are about 446,000 persons with disabilities in Rwanda basing on the previous statistical data.

Ndayisaba said that the important of the current workshop is to share information between member countries and learn from each other, most especially how other countries have succeeded in handling certain challenges they faced following policy framework in building sustainable development for persons with disabilities in EAC.

Elias Hakizimana @theinspirerpubl

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