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Disability Activist petitions Speaker of the National Assembly over discriminatory RTSA Act

Written by on August 13, 2019

By Clinton Masumba, Kitwe

The Zambia Deaf Youth and Women (ZDYW) have petitioned Speaker of National Assembly Patrick Matibini to order Minister of Transport and Communications to table the amendment bill of the Road Transport and Safety Agency Act No. 11 of 2002.

ZDYW Executive Director Frank Musukwa says the current RTSA Act is discriminatory and inconsistent hence the need to expedite its repeal and enact a piece that will guarantee rights for the hearing impaired.

Mr Musukwa has stated that there is need to ensure that RTSA Act is repealed to allow for conformity with the persons living with disabilities Act No. 6 of 2012 and the UN convention on the rights of persons with disability that prohibits discrimination.

The current Road Transport and Safety Agency Act No. 11 of 2002 do not allow the issuance of a Driving license to a hearing impaired person.

But Mr Musukwa has argued in his petition to the Speaker of the National Assembly that hearing impaired persons do not suffer from any incapability to drive adding that driving is almost entirely a visual activity.

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