Mr Lefhoko Kesamang, Senior Social Welfare Officer, African Union Commission

jeno la parola mercy low to low Foucault case a man for Sonia principal Sushil Allah Commission do linear African profess upon representation sure with a Vera parole you have the floor please here Thank You mr. president and honorable members yes mentioned my name is the FACA salmon from the Athenian Commission the Department of Social Affairs and the focal person for disability and aging programs of the AU in Africa as well as taking care of Social Protection Social Security and Social Policy currently I'll just be connecting this beautiful consultations and this beautiful draft a disability model law with what the other policies and other programs as well as treaties of the African Union a saying regarding persons with disability and I'm also going to try to be very brief because we are almost getting to the end of the part of the morning it was lunch now let me make mention of the fact that the draft disability model law is very very critical for the advancement of the rights of persons with disabilities in Africa and mr. president allow me to also mention that it is also founded it is also going to help what we call the African Union disability architecture which is in short order and were very much aware that there is a new order that is coming up and which is going to be the African Union I mean change the name of the new party into an implementation into an implementation okay I mean structure of the African Union so this this odd or this architecture is founded on three pillars the first pillar is the the program which is currently the African Union the African Union this I mean the African Union program or the African Union the continental plan of action to the African a decade of persons with disabilities 2010 to 2019 is coming to an end therefore already the ministers in April induced and endorsed and recommended to the coming summit of a new policy program which is going to be a framework which is not going to be like limited like a continental plan of action the second pillar is there at least a protocol or the legal which the African Union a disability protocol or or in detail is the protocol to the African shuttle may not be precise on the rights of persons with disabilities in Africa and I'll just mention a little about it later and also the Institute which is the African Disability Institute or in short OD which is of course an enclosure of the German car this institute is still under planning it is going to be in the future be adopted by one I mean be hosted by one of the Member States we are still in the establishment stage of it having said this let me mention that because of the end of the same decade am a review was made on the implementation of the decade a plan of action and it was found out that of course quite a number of member states are doing very well let me just a applaud the the member states who are presented here now there is a lot in the area of disability that is taking place in Africa and it is commendable we need to uh we need to appreciate what Africa is doing actually some of the research is showing that representation of political leaders with a disability more in Africa than anywhere in the world which is something commendable I mean when we look at ourselves sometimes we look down upon ourselves and let me also mention that a questionnaire was sent to member states mr. president about three years ago and only 33 member states of out of the 55 responded to that question year and the the ministers of Social Development labor and employment during the STC in April they they emphasized that the other 22 who didn't respond to how they are implementing disability policies and entities of the Union should also be given an opportunity to respond and I want to believe that that opportunity is going to be for that and there were a few challenges that I mean there are quite a number of challenges that were identified but I'll just mention about three of them there is a wide gap between policy and practice which is a founder that you know policy is very clear and practice is something else but however this is something that we is been recommended to be improved and the issue of budget that is needful budget mr. president regarding regarding disability in Africa and I've already mentioned that some of the things here and also that the recommendations which were made and I just mentioned but I feel they should be a shared understanding of disability disability still a debatable issue in Africa of course across the world however mr. president and honourable members here we need as the African Union having to have a standardized way of under of understanding disability even the language etc I was listening to my da interpreters saying that people living with disability in one I think it was in Namibia they really complained that they don't live with disability they live with their families they live with their wives they live with their children so there are people with disabilities so you can see our political it is and also to realize that it is very very important to click to conduct research on disability in Africa so that our motions in Parliament so that our programs and our projects are informed by well researched data and decisions and the other the other one is that s the recommendation is that as members and as Parliament our organisations of persons with disability needs to be strengthened and also that a universal design should be number one a decision that we need to take in our Parliament's meaning that you know every building whether it's a road it should be user-friendly for everyone including persons with disability without having to build put up in beautiful buildings like this and then we have to spend another million dollars if not rent to work on it the other part that I also want to talk about is the ratification of the protocol let me just take a minute mr. president with your permission just to say that the protocol to the African settlement be precise on the rights of persons with disability has only been signed by three countries the first country where was the Republic of the Central African Republic and the second country's Republic or Photokina faso and the third country just a few days back the Republic of South Africa none we have not have any ratification it's only the signing and it was adopted by heads of state in January 2018 and is very very important for us members of parliament here too you mr. president that we take this protocol and ratify it we need all 15 signatures I mean arretez signatures and ratifications and I believe that by the time we leave this session would be able to go to an hour our Parliament's and really address this protocol is very important because Africa is moving forward for the implementation of a general history and it's realization we need also to take around other vulnerable groups in this case persons with disabilities and looking forward and looking where we are with our history and what we want to be as Africa and how we want to Africa to be without being influenced by people from outside my appeal is that let us say ratify our own by a legal instruments and treaties so that we should not we should not be a disadvantage or be controlled by our former masters and also the other protocol of course let me just take this advantage is the protocol to the African Charter on Human and people's rights on the rights of other persons in Africa which was adopted by heads of state in 2016 and so far only 10 member states have signed and among those ten members days gratefully is the kingdom of Lesotho is ratified and we need to approach the kingdom of Lesotho fervently can delete and I want to believe that all of us here we will ratify it and become a 15 member states and therefore it becomes into force and that's a part of the vulnerable groups that I'm dealing with and it is very very important for us realizing that Africa we want and making sure that no one's left behind and nothing should be done for for for for for for for for vulnerable groups without their intervention this is the pride we should be taking and I have no doubt that Africa is proud of entities for we are all Africans and let me also just come to a the last part of the recommendations that finding and working with the organization of persons with disability it is very very important and it has shown that it makes a very big difference so persons with disabilities are involved and I'm looking forward to our Parliament having a very high significant of persons with disabilities I'm looking forward to our Parliament's helping a high significant of members of parliament who are women with disabilities and it is more we are moving in the right direction it's just a matter of signing this a and ratifying this protocol lastly let me just mention one a one one instrument that is coming which is the draft African Union disability strategic framework which is replacing the continental plain affection I'm not going to say much much on it because of time mr. president but to say that as soon as this modern law is adopted and is taken through all the processes it is going to help in the implementation of the protocol as well as the strategic plan of action under the strategic framework on disability in Africa because Parliament it will be easier for Parliament's various parliaments in a 54 member states to inch to be able to implement this protocol as well as to be able to implement this this strategic framework the strategy framework is going to be considered by an extraordinary STC on social development lab and employment sometime in December because it was not finalized in April so in a nutshell let me end by saying for the modern law which you are working on and you are putting a lot of money into a mr. president for each to find face this true instruments are very very critical and as the department we are looking forward to the finalization of this modern law and we are so proud that our own Parliament is looking at this and it is going to bring it to us to ensure that then we guide our implementation of our policies and treaties for the Africa that we want and for who we want to be Thank You mr. president you

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  1. Many developed nations are slaving black people ideal-phenomenally. I call this modern slave black-by – black modern slave. Previously slavers themselves slaved black people. This time slavers hired unethical and weak black people to slave Africa people ideally.
    Those weak and unethical black people and organizations hired by slavers are from AU leaders themselves, Ethiopia poletical party EPRDF, Eritrea poletical party, Ethiopia Orthodox Tewahedo Relegion POP and priests, Tigea and Amara tribes, and other unethical black people.
    Every day slavers are stealing and killing black people ideally. Africa leaders and Africa people do you afraid those who colonized and slaved you. Where we are to manage ourselves? They scare you or you afraid to face the ideal modern slaves. Tell us, you African leaders you Afraid White to say we don't play dull games and we don't play violation games.
    Who can write for you AU and African nations the article "Don't violate ideally and don't violate physically" We respect people, we don't afraid them. To block slavers we have to manage ourselves!
    On one of your social point, we wish undeveloped nations disable people to get paid.

    Black, disable, and slave US American man from Nevada

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