Malawi Union for the Blind has urged the police to help people with visual impairment access justice.
Speaking yesterday at Lilongwe Police Station during a training for 20 officers from Lilongwe and Kawale police stations, the organisation’s Central Region chairperson William Afaki said it was sad that people with visual impairment are not treated fairly at police stations.
He said: “People who are visually impaired are turned away and not taken seriously when they want to seek justice at police stations.
“So we ask the police to treat such people equally with others.”
Lilongwe Police Station community policing coordinator assistant superintendent Malango Mwasinga pledged commitment towards accommodating people with visual impairement.
“We will ensure reasonable accommodation and accessibility for those who are visually impaired as guaranteed in the Constitution,” he said.
In his remarks, Take-Sure Chabwera, a police officer at Kawale Police Station, stressed the need to foster disability inclusive environment.
The training was a follow-up to last year’s session which sought to build capacity for police response in the context of people with visual impairments.