The government says people with disability have a constitutional right to get its support, adding that under the new dispensation, the fulfilment of their rights has been given top priority.

The prevailing unfavourable economic environment has not spared people with disabilities, but luckily, the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Cde Petronella Kagonye says she is clear on issues of disability which she has managed to internalise given that her sister is also affected.

Cde Kagonye had an opportunity to interact with those with disability in Bulawayo who raised a number of issues including the need to have social workers stationed in hospitals to facilitate health care support and appeals for loans to venture into income projecting projects for self-sustenance.

In response, Cde Kagonye said there is a $5 million empowerment fund from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe for the disabled that was initially disbursed through banks but is now administered by her ministry for easy access and equitable distribution.

She said in order to give due attention to issues of disabilities, her ministry has established a Disabled Persons Affairs Department with a specific budget to administer per capita grants to rehabilitation centres as well as working on strategies for inclusive education and ensuring access to land for agriculture and building of homes.