MCA wants PWDs given power to nominate their leaders

Sunday, December 4th, 2022 18:27 | By
MCA wants PWDs given power to nominate their leaders
Nominated Member of Kakamega County Assembly Lucie Chogo speaks to the media during the celebrations to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2022. PHOTO/KNA

People with Disabilities should be given a chance to nominate their own to fill positions of special interest groups in both the National, Senate and County assemblies, a Kakamega Member of County Assembly says.

Speaking to the media, nominated MCA Lucie Chogo said despite the constitutional provision of nominees to represent special interest groups, those nominated by political parties fail to support PWDs.

“This is a clear indication that those nominated take little interest to understand the challenges facing PWDs to rise up and help them,” she noted.

She also said some of those representing special interest groups overstay in the county, national assembly and the Senate instead of giving others a chance.

Appoint PWDs to Cabinet

Chogo also asked President William Ruto to appoint a Person with Disability to the position of leadership in his government.

“I am disappointed that we lack representation of a PWD either in the Cabinet Secretary position or Principal Secretary positions yet they are learned and qualified to offer leadership,” she noted.

The Chairperson of Kakamega County Disability Caucus Lucy Mulombi also asked Governor Fernandes Barasa to include an advisor on issues of disability in his administration who will be in touch with PWDs for their challenges to be addressed.

“We want opportunities for employment and during appointments,” she noted. She called for collaboration among all stakeholders to stem stigmatization of PWDs in the society.

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