Federation for Disability Organisations in Malawi (Fedoma) has hailed National Assembly for electing Clement Chiwaya as second deputy Speaker.
Chiwaya a United Democratic Front (UDF) Parliamentarian beat Peoples Party’s (PP) Wakuda Kamanga to become second deputy Speaker.
“As FEDOMA we are very much exited with the election of Dr. Chiwaya to be the second speaker of Parliament. This is history in the making for persons with disabilities,” said Fedoma Executive Director, Action Amos.
Amos said Parliament would never be the same following the endorsement of Chiwaya who is one of respected Parliamentarians.
“For three consecutive terms he has proved that as persons with disabilities we can achieve what anyone can do provided there is an opportunity.
“We thanked all the parliamentarians who suggested that his proposal to be the second deputy was not supposed to be out of sympathy but ability and he won the day.”
However, Amos said it was disappointing to note that Chiwaya was not able to move to his seat because of accessibility.
“This is embarrassing as it shows that nobody anticipated that one day a person with a disability would move to such a high position,” he bemoaned.
Fedoma has since urged government to learn from the ’embarrassing situation’ and make public places accessible.