By Staff Reporter
Namibia has a National Disability Council, in keeping with the provisions of the National Policy on Disability, which was adopted in July 1997.
The council will monitor the implementation of policy and identify provisions in any law, which may hinder the implementation of policy, and comment on legislation which may affect persons with disabilities, in any manner.
Other objectives of the council are to consult with persons with disabilities, organisations of persons with disabilities and organisations rendering services to persons with disabilities, as well as take steps in order to obtain the necessary information on the implementation of the policy.
Yesterday, Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Richard Kamwi launched the council and announced the council members who include Tuuliki Nekundi, Joseph Ndinomupya, Alexia Manombe-Ncube, Beata Shihepo, Manfred Howaeb, Pamela Somses, Tjiueza Tjombumbi, Linda Conradie, Mercy Kufuna, Kay Strauss, Meliherius Haukambe, William Bekker and Nuusiku Asino, who will stand in for Dr Lisony Kahikuata-Kariko.
The members of the council represent various organisations of persons with disability, ministries of Health and Social Services; and Labour and Social Welfare; the Namibia Public Workers Union and an expert on disability related matters.