GWERU: Exhibitors at the three-day National Disability Expo held in Gweru this week have hailed the historic occasion, saying it has afforded them space and opportunities to market their products and engage the country’s highest office.
The event was unique as it became the first expo to be graced by President Emerson Mnangagwa out of the other eight other exhibitions done so far.
Midlands hosted a three-day disability expo held at Gweru Sports Club.
President Mnangagwa, who recently launched the National Disability Policy took time to tour various stands with the exhibitors taking turns to highlight the opportunities presented by the historical event.
Paralympic legend Eliot Mujaji was one of the exhibitors and said it was a rare opportunity.
“This is a rare opportunity. It’s once in a lifetime. Surely to be graced by the President. We have been crying to interface with him via other channels and today we have the answers to our problems.
“We will forever cherish this chance where we will show him the talent we have in the country and highlight all our grievances,” said Mujaji.
Representatives of people with disabilities and other stakeholders underscored the need to address issues of inclusivity.
Nyasha Mahwende Director for Young Voices Disability applauded the expo for giving them a networking platform.
“I thank the president because we got a chance to present to him what we are capable of as people with disabilities. It was an encouragement to us because disability does not mean inability, you can show the whole world what you are capable of. Above all, networking was a big plus to our work,” said Mahwende.
The three-day event which ended this Wednesday drew participants from across the country with the primary focus on forging business synergies.