Media taskforce to asses Govt. Ministries on Disabilities

Written by  Sam Phiri

Journalist under the taskforce of Federation for disability organizations in Malawi (FEDOMA) are this month of August going to access the performance of various ministries on how they have performed on disability issues since the enactment of the 2012 Disability act.

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The scribes who met at FEDOMA offices in Blantyre and fall under the banner Malawi media forum for disability are representatives of the country`s major media houses.


The appraisal idea which was hatched by FEDOMA executive Director Action Amos empowers the journalist to do their own independent assessment and not entirely depend on what the public relations managers of various ministries might provide.


“We will do these assessments this month following complaints from people with disabilities that the act has not been adhered to by a number of ministries in the country, said capital FM’s Rhodes Msonkho who is also the secretary general for the Forum.


“Let me ask various office bearers in ministries to corporate with the journalist when they come to seek information on this project,” Msokho added.


Finance Director for FEDOMA, Evelin Nyali urged the journalist to do the research without bias for the benefit of people with disabilities in the country.


“We are hopeful that when the findings of the assessment are published number of non-performing ministries will borrow a leaf from those ministries that have done well in mainstreaming disability issues,” said Nyali.


Media houses that are represented in the taskforce are MBC, Capital Radio, MIJ FM, Times Group, Radio Maria Malawi, Galaxy Radio, Nation Publications Limited, Nyasatimes, Power 101 and Montfort press.


Apart from the 2012 Disability act, the 2006 United Nations on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) will also be used during the assessments.

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