Minister of gender, children, disability and social welfare, Patricia Kaliati, has warned banks in the country that government will seal banks whose buildings are not disability friendly.
The minister made the remarks in Mzuzu during this year’s International Day of People with Disability commemorations.
Kaliati said it is high time the rights of people with disability were respected.
She said her ministry is concerned that most structures in the country are not easily accessed by people with disability.
The minister then gave Mzuzu First Merchant Bank one week to upgrade its structures so that they accommodate people with disability or risk being sealed.
Speaking at the same function, Freza Chunga, Mzuzu city council deputy mayor, said the council will ensure that all its programs incorporate disability issues and that buildings in the city meet disability standards.
On his part, chief director in the ministry of transport and public worksm, Dickson Chunga, said government has put in place policies to promote the construction of buildings and transport facilities that are accessible by all.
He said: ‘‘the government should speed up the national mainstreaming strategy to enable issues of disabled to be included in all programs.”