Bingu yet to honour K11m Fedoma pledge

Federation for Disability Organisation in Malawi (Fedoma) (Fedoma) is yet to receive K11 million President Bingu Wa Mutharika pledged during a big walk in 2009 to raise money for the construction of the association’s office complex.

Mutharika joined Fedoma on Sunday 29th March 2009 in a vigorous big walk in Blantyre to raise not less than K14million.  The president then seeking re-election pledged K11 million donation to the organisation.

To date nothing has been fulfilled and officials at Fedoma speaking on condition of anonymity expressed disappointment with the number one citizen questioning how he could lie to people with disabilities.

Chiwaula: Disability bill needed

Fedoma had plans to construct an office complex in Blantyre, a move which to now remains a mere dream.

One official revealed that efforts to follow up the pledge with State House have not been fruitful as no concrete response has been given.

The umbrella body for people with disabilities has also expressed disappointment with the current regime for removing the Ministry responsible for people with disabilities in the new cabinet set up.

Fedoma Executive Director, Mussa Chiwaula said his association is failing to reach government as it is not aware of which ministry is handling their affairs.

“The removal of the ministry responsible for people with disabilities casts a shadow of doubt as to whether we will have the disability bill which we have been pressing for in over seven years.”

“I can not understand how the ministry was removed when all this time we have been as a minority grouping using it to forward our concerns and other issues to government”, said Chiwaula when he spoke to a local radio station.

Chiwaula also bemoaned absence of people with disabilities in Mutharika cabinet.

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