Federation for Disability Organisations in Malawi (Fedoma) has dismissed reports that it has set-aside funding to support physically challenged candidates in the forthcoming tripartite elections.
Fedoma Head of Programs, Action Amos told Nyasa Times that they do not fund politicians or political activities, dispelling earlier reports that the institution has secured special funding for physically challenged candidates.
The reports emanated from interviews United Democratic Front (UDF) Ndirande–Makata aspiring councillor, Tony Chilambo had with the media in which he appealed to Fedoma to be open and explain about the alleged funds.
“It should be clarified that Fedoma does not fund politicians or persons contesting for any political position be it Parliamentary, Presidential or Local Government; it’s not our policy,” explained Amos.
Amos added: “There is nothing like such reported funding. If anything, we expect those participating in such political activities to use their own funds or resources”.
He said Fedoma’s obligation in relation to the forthcoming tripartite elections was to conduct advocacy and civic education, adding the institution serves people of all forms of disabilities.
“Starting next month we expect to start carrying advocacy and civic education activities once our funding has been disbursed. As Fedoma our membership and core operations involve all forms of disabilities”.
He further said it pleases Fedoma when people with disabilities exercise Constitutional right to vie for political positions, saying “It’s our interest to have as many people with disabilities in such positions. However, our policy on funding should not put off those interested to contest in the forthcoming elections”.