People with disabilities speak against discrimination

DISABILITY is not an obstacle to success, says Ndola’s Chipulukusu Township, Patriotic Front (PF) ward councillor candidate Kennedy Phiri

Mr Phiri said his political opponents in the race had used his disability to slow down his campaign by claiming that he could not be of service to the community.

“But I want to tell them and the nation at large that disability is not an obstacle to success. I will deliver to people’s expectation if elected,” said Mr Phiri

He said opposition parties had been attacking him by claiming that he could not make a leader in a wheel chair.

“To me that is nothing. I have worked for the community for seven years and achieved many success while being in a wheel chair than those able bodied. I have established one of the biggest soccer academies in Zambia,” he said

He has asked electorates in the area to look beyond his disability but vote for a candidate with capability.

Mr Phiri said his priority if elected was education, stating that the area had lagged behind in terms of standards.

He said a larger percentage of the children in the township were crammed in  schools totalling  about 40 but run by unqualified teachers  with out-dated curriculum.

He would engage the District education office to ensure that teachers running community schools were trained.

He said that the area had only three government schools which could not swallow the population of the community desiring to attain basic and secondary education.

Mr.Phir also said that health was on the cards as the area had one clinic.

He said with government vision to upgrade the health centre in Chipulukusu into a mini hospital, he would push for construction for a second facility in the area because of its vastness.