By Rashid Musoke Lufutu
Manafwa -Deputy Resident District Commissioner Gilbert Okwi wants Persons Living with Disability (PWDs) to be consulted during the implementation of development projects.
Gilbert Okwi the deputy Resident District Commissioner Manafwa district has made a plea to members of the society to shun under looking Persons Living with Disabilities- PWDs during implementation of development projects so as to collectively achieve the Sustainable development target set by the government of Uganda, of eliminating poverty before 2030.
While appearing as the chief guest during the financial inclusion project workshop organised by Opportunity Bank Uganda for Leaders of PWDs groups at the Red Cross main hall in Manafwa district yesterday, the RDC implored the participants to value the existence of PWDs adding that disability is not inability. He says most of the PWDs are good workers, good opinion givers and are also talented in various forms.
Robert Igalo the project manager of Opportunity Bank Uganda Limited in charge of mainstreaming financial inclusion for PWDs in Uganda says their aim is to provide equal needs to PWDs, enhancing PWDs groups to form Saving and Credit Coperatives and to also enjoy their banking services of free saving and Low interest loans so as to transform the lives of the local People who are Living with disabilities.
He revealed the program is rolling in four districts namely; Iganga, Mbale/Manafwa, Soroti and Lira.
Godfrey Walukhu the Chairperson of Persons Living with Disabilities for Manafwa and Namisindwa districts promised to share the knowledge acquired to the rest of the PWDs so that they can embrace a savings culture.
According to information obtained by our reporter, Opportunity bank Uganda is collaborating with National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU), the Association of Microfinance Institutions of Uganda (AMFIU), and Chesire Services Uganda (CSU) to conduct elections of district Council of Reference (COR). The COR comprises of ten co-opted male and female members of local DiPUs and Isave group representatives of persons with disabilities. The elected committee will be meeting quarterly to deliberate, share experiences, challenges, solutions and wayforwads regarding mainstreaming financial inclusion for persons with disabilities in Uganda.
The members who were elected to run the COR for Manafwa District are; Murefu Michael (Chairperson), Nambuya Merab (Secretary), Josephine (Vice Chairperson), Wetaka Safani (Publicity), Wamasembo Wilberforce (Welfare), Namakhonge Sam (Member), Wakooli Norah (Member), Muyama Janet (Member), Wakwabubi James (Member) And Kakala Aramanzan.