Kaliati calls for mindset change on street beggars

The Ministry of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare says  mindset change strategy is key  to permanently removing persons with disabilities from streets in the cities and district councils.

Minister Kaliati: This is an issue which needs urgent attention despite the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic.

Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati  said this on the sidelines of a  stakeholders meeting held in Lilongwe on Friday when the Ministry engaged Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to deliberate on tangible solutions which can be implemented to remove persons with disabilities (PWDs) that live by begging from the streets.

Kaliati said this is an issue which needs urgent attention despite the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic.

Said Kaliati: “Even if we had no Covid-19 pandemic, this is an issue which needs special attention. We need to empower them at least with some businesses so that they can sustain themselves economically. Getting persons with disabilities out of the streets of towns and cities across the country is important if we are to make a meaningful difference to them at all levels of society.”

“The ministry is very much aware that the issue of removing persons with disabilities from the streets is not an easy task. It needs well thoughts modalities taking into account that most of the people with disabilities found in the streets rely on begging for their daily bread and others may be homeless but they deserve a decent environment like any other citizen of this country.”

Kaliati further said the intended plan falls in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilitities (CRPD) as well as the Disability Act which requires countries to promote the rights of persons with disabilities to work on an equal basis with others and also combating prejudices and stereotypes in all life aspects.

“The Disability Act emphasizes fostering the need of respecting human rights and dignity of people with disabilities. It is the wish of the Tonse government that persons with disabilities are accorded paramount respect socially, culturally and economically. We want them to be part of our socioeconomic developmental activities.”

One of the attendees, Dr. Chiwoza Bandawe, who is also the board chairperson of Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA) said persons with disabilities who live by begging needs psychosocial support.

He stressed that the need for mindset change is extreme failing which, despite numerous interventions by government, the beggars will keep returning to the streets.

Said Bandawe: “From experience, we noticed that when these people are removed from the streets, it doesn’t take long before they return. As MACOHA, we have tried giving some of them skills and equipment to sustain their wellbeing only to end up selling the equipment.

“It is, therefore,  important that they are engaged with mindset change discussion to find out what it will take for them to stay out of the streets.”

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bentby
2 months ago

mukazazindikira kuti almost 90% of those streets kids and disabled mendicants are sent there by their own fully abled relatives, its when you will root out this problem. akapempha ndalama, kunyumba amakalandidwa. they are there for someone’s best interest

akanatani Bauleni
akanatani Bauleni
2 months ago

Since MACOHA in Blantyre Bangwe burnt over 10 or 15yrs ago, no single govt tried to help it revive, kunalitu anthu ambiri disabled omwe amagwira ntchito in those factory. now Dr Bandawe oti akuyang’anira konko amayenera kuliuza boma one solution yoti athandize to bring back life to the factory. this will remove some of those begging in Blantyre streets and other areas.

Don Dada
Don Dada
2 months ago

This lady needs to be fired without even a review. She said street kids would be out the streets by August last year koma lero they are still there. She has failed her job and we are still just looking. Nonsense!

Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
2 months ago

This habit of being repetitive is embedded in this alliance. Kaliati cannot see things beyond her nose due to her IQ and education. The woman is a T3 teacher, period. As stated here above, everytime she goes to a meeting all she brings up is ‘Street Beggars’ – why can’t she become enterprising and begin to think outside the box? Even in developed countries where benefits to needy people is floated, beggars are all over the streets. If that is the case with them, what is Malawi whose politicians criss-crosd the world with a begging bowl in hand asking for… Read more »

Tuntyufe
Tuntyufe
2 months ago

I don’t support politics but this habit of attacking people personally should stop. Just put forward ur proposal. Wisdom and intelligence simkalasi mokha. There are people with degrees who can not think

Phwisa
Phwisa
2 months ago

A Malawi kuiwala. Kaliati started this long time ago when she was minister in Bakili Muluzi , Bingu reigns. She has talked about it evesince. She forgets. She doesn’t tell Malawians why up to now she is not able to deal with the issue. We are tired listening same story. We want action by

Nyekhwe the Nyex
Nyekhwe the Nyex
2 months ago

U can’t stop street begging by simply talking about it, create jobs! Stop eating money alone, in this country only politicians and amwenye are the rich. That’s why street begging is rampant. Ma politicians kuba ndikuzikundikiza

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