People living with disabilities at Rundu demand homes of safety

RUNDU; People living with disabilities at Rundu in the Kavango East Region have called on government to consider building shelters of safety so as to help them avoid being violated.

The group of around 40 people with disabilities staged a peaceful demonstration here on Friday, during which they expressed dismay and disappointment over the brutal murder of 26-year-old Nuunyango Amunyoko, who was allegedly killed by her mother at Ongwediva over a week ago.

The group handed-over their petition to Kavango East Regional Governor Dr Samuel Mbambo, demanding that the perpetrator receives a stiff sentence – upon conviction – for the heinous crime.

Spokesperson Marcellus Haivera thus called on the government to build homes of safety for people living with disabilities in order to prevent similar things from happening to them in future.

Receiving the petition, Mbambo said the government is also shocked and saddened by the incident.

He stated that people with disabilities need to be loved and protected, because being disabled does not mean they have sinned.

The governor pleaded with all citizens to give people living with disabilities an equal chance to live like everybody else, and denounced the incident as unacceptable and cruel.

Mbambo furthermore encouraged the demonstrators to keep pointing out things which are not right in society, and promised them that their petition will be forwarded to President Hifikepunye Pohamba’s office for his attention.