The Zambia Disability HIV/AIDS Human Rights Programme for the Blind (ZDHHPB) has strongly condemned the man of Namwala District who has ditched his twenty nine year old fiancée for giving birth to a limbless child.
Melody Miyoba of Sigwidi village in Chief Bright Nalubamba’s area was betrothed to Trust Michelo who has however changed his mind following the birth of his limbless son, Blessings two years ago fearing that people would laugh at him for having a disabled child.
ZDHHPB Programmes Director Elijah Ngwale told ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka today that the decision by Mr. Michelo to ditch his fiancée and abandon his biological disabled child was inhuman.
Mr. Ngwale said ditching the fiancée and abandoning the disabled child would negatively affect the child’s future.
He said there was no need for Mr. Michelo to ditch the fiancée and abandon the disabled child as the child was innocent.
He said the disabled child was young adding that he needs all the support from his biological father who is still alive.
Mr. Ngwale said the child did not wish or choose to be born disabled adding that Mr. Michelo should consider rescinding his decision of abandoning his disabled child.
He said Michelo’s child can contribute significantly to the development of the country despite his condition adding that disability is no long inability.
Mr. Ngwale has since called on all Zambians to condemn Mr. Michelo for abandoning his disabled child.
Mr. Ngwale said what Mr. Michelo did was total discrimination not only on the part of his child but all disabled persons.
He said it is very unfortunate that some people in the country were still discriminating persons with disability.