Government has called on the business community to be employing persons with disabilities as a way of empowering them.
Choma District Commissioner Sheena Muleya has expressed concern with the high numbers of unemployed persons with disabilities who are shunned when it comes to employment opportunities in favour of able bodied persons.
She said this during a fund raising walk by the district organising committee in readiness for the international day of disabled persons which falls on December third every year.
Ms. Muleya said she will call for a meeting with various business organizations within the district to find means and ways of helping empower more disabled persons as government cannot do it alone.
And Zambia Agency for Persons with Disabilities (ZAPD) Representative Hilda Mopfu says Choma district currently has six disability clubs spread across.
Ms. Mpofu explained that the clubs are meant to empower persons with disabilities through chicken rearing, goat breeding and providing farming inputs among others.
She however noted that people with disabilities still shun such clubs as can be witnessed by the low turnout and that ZAPD has since engaged club leaders to educate the masses in the areas they operate from on the importance of the clubs.
This year’s international day of disabled persons falls under the theme “empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”.