Written by YAMIKANI SIMUTOWE
BLANTYRE—Some vendors with disabilities in Lilongwe have vowed to continue camping at the offices of the Ministry of Persons with Disabilities until government gives them grants to boost their businesses.
The vendors, who left their homes on Monday to camp at the offices, entered a third day of protest on Wednesday. They've been sleeping outside the offices pushing the government to fulfill the promise by Minister of Persons with Disabilities and the Elderly Reen Kachere who in June last year said government would give “business grants” to persons with disabilities in the country.
On Tuesday, some officials from the ministry tried to reason with the vendors to vacate the premises as the minister is outside the country but the vendors refused and instead promised to continue with their peaceful vigil.
“We are not leaving this place until government gives us the money the minister promised us last year. We'll wait for the minister, who made the promises and we are here for the grants,” said one vendor, who is leading the group on Wednesday.
(c) The Maravi Post 2013