11 Jun 2016 11:40am
TSUMKWE, 11 JUN (NAMPA) - Nearly 800 people from different regions on Friday gathered at Tsumkwe settlement in the Otjozondjupa Region to commemorate National Disability Day.
The celebrations, which featured various cultural performances, took place at the Tsumkwe Senior Secondary School sports field.
Tsumkwe is situated about 274 kilometres east of Grootfontein.
National Disability Day this year was celebrated under the theme A minute in my footsteps and was organised by the National Disability Council of Namibia.
In a speech delivered on behalf, Deputy Minister of Disability Affairs, Alexia Manombe-Ncube said there are 9 841 people living with disabilities live in the various regions.
She said approximately 5 003 people with disabilities live in the Otjozondjupa Region.
Manombe-Ncube urged regional councils and other sectors to see to it that people with disabilities are integrated in general social, political and economic activities taking place in the regions.
It is high time that all regional governmental structures seek ways to improve their capacities on how to have strategic action plans and budgets that are inclusive of the needs of people with disabilities, she said.
The deputy minister said at the moment, while regional and local authorities deliberate on the Mass Housing programme, no discussions on the construction of disability-friendly housing units are being pursued.
Manombe-Ncube suggested that at least 5 per cent of the houses under the programme must be designed to accommodate people with disabilities.
The chairperson of the National Disability Council of Namibia, Beata Armas and acting Chief Executive Officer of the same institution, Meliherius Haukambe, were amongst those in attendance at the event.