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Police confiscate wheel chair from disabled man

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) has issued a call to law enforcement agencies, urging them to prioritize the dignity and worth of all individuals in the performance of their duties. This plea comes in response to a disturbing incident involving the confiscation of a wheelchair from Mr. Daniel Mwamba, a person with a disability, who was found selling plastic papers in Lusaka as a punishment for engaging in street vending.

In a statement, HRC spokesperson Mweelwa Muleya underscored the importance of ensuring that law enforcement activities are conducted in a lawful, reasonable, and justifiable manner, especially within a democratic society such as Zambia.

Mr. Muleya described the actions taken by the Lusaka City Council as cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment inflicted upon an individual with a disability. He stressed that the confiscation of Mr. Mwamba’s means of mobility not only violated his rights but also compromised his ability to lead an independent life.
He further expressed his regret that the Lusaka City Council had urged the victim to visit their offices to resolve the matter, despite having incapacitated him by confiscating his means of mobility.

In light of this distressing incident, the HRC is advocating for swift restorative measures that encompass the immediate reinstatement of Mr. Mwamba’s rights and dignity. Additionally, the Commission suggested empowering Mr. Mwamba by securing a trading place for him within the Central Business District. Such actions would not only demonstrate humanity but also help alleviate the trauma inflicted upon him.

Mr. Muleya concluded by reiterating the Commission’s call for all law enforcement agencies to continually recognize the inherent dignity and worth of every human being. He emphasized the importance of ensuring that law enforcement remains proportionate, lawful, reasonable, and justifiable within the democratic framework of Zambia. The call serves as a reminder of the importance of safeguarding the rights and dignity of all individuals, particularly those who may be more vulnerable due to disabilities or other factors.

Source: Lusakatimes

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