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PLWDs benefit from Sh.7.5 million worth of equipment and funds

The Eastern Regional Coordinator, Wycliffe Ogallo (left), and former Kitui Senator, David Musila (centre) issuing cheques to institutions that deal with persons with disabilities in Eastern region at Embu town on May 15, 2018. Photo by KNA.
The National Fund for the Disabled of Kenya, Vice Chairman, Peter Nyakiamo (left) issuing wheelchairs to persons with disabilities in Embu town. on May 15, 2018. Photo by KNA.

About  20 institutions and 25 persons living with disabilities in Eastern region have benefited from equipment and cheques worth Sh.7.5million from the state.

The  equipment, included tool kits of barber shops, hair salon, welding, leatherwork and carpentry, battery chargers, knitting machines and wheelchairs.

The  National Fund for the Disabled of Kenya, Vice Chairman, Peter  Nyakiamo said the institutions got cheques worth Sh.6.6 million, while the disabled received Sh.900, 000 worth of equipment

He said the equipment is intended to uplift the livelihoods of the beneficiaries and called on them to use it for the intended purposes.

The  Eastern Regional Coordinator, Wycliffe  Ogallo  who also attended the event  on Tuesday  warned those found selling the equipment or using them for purposes not intended that they will be arrested and prosecuted.

“We have information that some beneficiaries sell the equipment, others take them to shylock as security to get loans. In some instances, those given livestock sell them as soon as they get them. We are on high alert and this will not be tolerated,” he said.

He also called on the beneficiaries to consider joining groups to be able to network and share ideas on how to empower themselves.

Former  Kitui  Senator, David Musila, a trustee at the Board, urged the government both national and county to consider awarding tenders to such persons, as required by the law as a form of empowerment.

By  Muoki  Charles

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