Disabled in Kericho demand representation

Persons living with disability (PLWDs) in Kericho are protesting against the county government for their non-inclusion in job appointments.

The group drawn from the six sub-counties staged a peaceful demonstration on Thursday in Kericho town carrying placards before stopping at the County government offices where they tabled their memorandum, demanding an end to the discrimination of persons with disabilities in the county.

Speaking to the press, Londiani sub-county persons with disability representative, Julius Langat said the county government had shown bias to the needs and concerns of PLWDs in the county.

He said the PLWDs were confronted with numerous challenges, including stigma as they struggle to live normal lives.

He reiterated the group has incessantly lacked a representative in the county government as required in the constitution that at least five percent of appointive opportunities be filled by PWDs in national and county government institutions.

We want the county government under the leadership of Governor Professor Paul Chepkwony to follow the law. We are not asking for much, this is a constitutional requirement, said Langat.

Echoing Langat’s sentiments was Ainamoi representative for persons living with disabilities Ms Beatrice Chepkemoi, who said women living with disabilities in the county had not been given employment opportunities to enable them become productive members in their communities.

She challenged the county government to follow the law in appointments and ensure that people living with disabilities are included.

Source: Kenya News Agency