The First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa says provision of basic needs and empowerment projects for the elderly and people with disabilities is the best way to address socio economic challenges of the vulnerable groups.

The First Lady was in Bulawayo where she met with disadvantaged groups.

Hundreds of the elderly and other vulnerable groups thronged the Harvest House International Church in Bulawayo to meet with the First Lady.

Amai Mnangagwa challenged every citizen to uphold the rights of the vulnerable groups and respect their rights.

She appealed for the introduction of a quota system of employment for people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups.

Minister of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development Sithembiso Nyoni said President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has created more than 70 000 jobs since his coming into office.

She said the resuscitation of the National Railways of Zimbabwe and the opening of women’s bank which will empower women are among many projects implemented by the new dispensation.

Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province Angeline Masuku said people with disabilities have been affected more by unemployment hence the desire by the First Lady to empower them.

She also lamented the absence of meaningful projects to empower the disadvantaged groups.

The government has already set aside funds targeting empowerment of women and other vulnerable groups.

The momentum which has been set in motion is expected to transform the socio economic status of every citizen.