Persons living with disabilities in Homa Bay County have been challenged to unite and stop wrangling for the elective positions for them to benefit from the devolved funds.
The Mfangano Island Ward Assistant County Commissioner (ACC), Maureen Imo said that it is regrettable that the officials are fighting for positions instead of assisting persons with disabilities in their midst.
Imo told the warring officials to ensure that they incorporate all persons with disabilities in their plans to enable other organizations to support them.
The sentiments came about after two faction one led by Rockefeller Okeyo and the other one by Bernard Agan came head on during the celebration which left the gathering more confused.
The administrator who was accompanied by the County Director of Children Services, Peter Kutere, The County Disability Services Officer, Ruth Oyier among others said this on Tuesday at Kamsama primary school in Suba North Sub County during celebration to mark this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
She assured them that the national government is ready to fight for them against any form of discrimination, sexual harassment and domestic violence so long as they report such cases on time.
“You should not look down upon yourselves, you have the potential and ability to contribute to the economy of our country,” Imo said. The officer further urged them to form companies and register them to enable them do business with the government.
On her part, Oyier appealed to those who have not yet registered with the National Council for Persons with Disabilities to do so, saying only 4,000 people have registered with the council out of the total number of 235,436 in the county.
Oyier added that there are many benefits for those persons who have registered with the council.
The officer also assured the PWDs that her office is going to call for fresh elections of the officials soon to end the perpetual wrangles among the two faction group.
Kutere called on parents with students in secondary schools who are disabled to apply for Presidential Bursary Fund, saying those with severe disabilities will be given Sh 30,000 to cater for the education.
By Davis Langat