By Aamon Butao
The Federation of Disability Organizations in Malawi (FEDOMA) has disclosed that the 58 years of independence have been a mixed bag for persons with disabilities in the country.
FEDOMA acting Executive Director, Symon Munde, has said on a positive note, the country has put in place laws and infrastructural projects that are promoting the welfare of people with disabilities.
He cited the example of Disability and Handicapped Acts which are helping in improving the welfare of people with disabilities.
According to Munde, Technical Colleges for persons with disabilities that were constructed in the country are assisting the graduates to earn a living.
But he was quick to say that some laws are not being implemented to the detriment of the lives of persons with disabilities.
The FEDOMA acting executive director also expressed concern with the sidelining of people with disabilities by prospective employers despite having the Employment Act and the people being fully-trained in colleges.
He also said some countries such as Botswana are doing better in supporting people with disabilities using skills they acquired after being trained here in Malawi.
On this note, Munde said the existing laws should be fully implemented to improve the living standards of people with disabilities.