Cabinet Approves 'Persons with Disabilities Bill'

stuff geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>In 2006, viagra buy Parliament through a Private Members Bill enacted the persons with Disabilities Act to provide a comprehensive legal protection for persons with disabilities (PWDs) in accordance with Article 32 and 35 of the Constitution.

It was aimed at making provisions for the elimination of all forms of discrimination against PWDs towards equalization of opportunities and for related matters.

However, in the course of implementing the persons with disabilities Act 2006, Government realized that the Act does not support the attainment of the overall objective of the Government to protect and promote the rights of persons with disabilities.

To this end, the principles for the amendment were developed and submitted to cabinet for consideration and they were premised on the need to re-draft the Act to conform to standard drafting principles.

According to Information Minister Rose Namayanja, Cabinet approved the principles and authorized the Minister of state for Gender, Labour and Social Development (Elderly and disability Affairs) to issue drafting instructions to the first parliamentary counsel to draft the persons with disabilities.


“This has been done to remove inconsistencies from the law and harmonize it with other existing legislations, to domesticate provisions of the UN convention on the rights of persons with Disabilities as well as reflecting on the policy intentions,” said Namayanja.

She said the Bill seeks to ensure that all organs, agencies of Government and all people respect, uphold and promote the fundamental and other human rights and freedoms of persons with disabilities and also provide for non-discrimination against persons with disabilities on grounds of their disabilities.

The new Bill will as well ensure that equal treatment and affirmative action is afforded to persons with disabilities for the purpose of redressing the imbalance that may exist against them.

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