MEET MÉRCIA VIRIATO LICA, 23: 2020’s Youngest Serving MP in Mozambique

Many with disabilities have defied the odds or simply refused to see them. Instead of resigning to their fate, they have used the ability in their disabilities. Mércia Viriato Lica is one a such person.

A lawyer and an activist, Lica became the youngest member of parliament in Mozambique this year 2020 at 23.

She was born without arms, and with the aid of her feet she performs her tasks.

Lica took office on January 13 at the assembly of Mozambique as a member of the constituency of the western province of Tete.

She was among the 250 deputies who assumed office for the 9th Legislature of the Assembly of the Republic following the legislative elections of October 2019.

“I hope to contribute to the country’s development in terms of Education. Encouraging young people to never stop studying because education is the path to life,” Lica told the publication Carta de Moçambique on her inauguration day as a Deputy.

Lica is currently serving a five-year term in parliament under the majority FRELIMO (Front for the Liberation of Mozambique). She is not only an inspiration to people with disabilities but to young individuals with dreams of being successful.

She got her Law degree at Maputo’s Pedagogical University in 2019.

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