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Disability Inclusion Advocate, Mukoma Chamu, Dies.

By Steve Ephraem

MUTARE: The constituency of People with Impairments has lost one of its key members who has been advocating for Disability Inclusion in Zimbabwe.

Chamunorwa Ringisai Dube, affectionately known as Mukoma Chamu died on 24 August 2022 in Mutare after a long illness. He was aged 63.

A devoted Catholic, Mukoma Chamu was so influential in the writing of the Disability Act in 1992. He was a member in the Committee of Parliament on the New Constitution (COPAC) during the writing of the 2013 Constitution. He was also involved in the formulation of the Disability Policy.

Apart from the National contributions, the wheelchair bound Mukoma Chamu made great contributions at Jairos Jiri Association, especially Jairos Jiri Band.

He was once a chairperson of National Association of Non Governmental Organizations (NANGO) Eastern Region for two 3-year terms (2007-2013).

His rich curriculum vitae includes being a board member of Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP), Chairman of Manicaland for Federation of the Disabled Persons in Zimbabwe (FODPZ), National Treasurer for National Council for the Disabled Persons in Zimbabwe (NCDPZ), National Member for National Association Societies for the Care of the Hand Capped (NASCOH) and Advisor to the Disability Champions Group of Manicaland.

By the time of publishing, the Disability fratenity was advocating for him to be accorded a Provincial Heroes Status.