Over 100 people living with disabilities in Baringo Central Sub County are up in arms over delays to disburse funds allocated to them by the county assembly.
They are now reading mischief in the Sh. 10 million cash transfer fund claiming that a plan to swindle the funds was in the offing.
Speaking during a meeting held at Kabarnet town Friday, the groups vice secretary, Mr. Edwin Kandie feared a repeat of financial year 2014/2015 scenario, where the county government allocated them Sh. 3 million, which they are yet to receive.
“We tried to follow up on the 2014/2015 allocation, but we lost hope as no one was answerable on the matter. Now we are worried with the delay of the new allocation that it might also go the same way” said Mr Kandie.
The group also complained that the county government has not employed people living with disabilities since its inception.
He called on the parents who are hiding disabled children to take them to school, saying once educated; they will compete in the job market
“We thank President Uhuru Kenyatta for his decree on the 5% employment opportunities to people living with disabilities, but here in Baringo we are yet to enjoy the privilege,” said another member, Mr. Richard Cherutich.
Contacted for comment, Baringo county Government Chief Officer for Health Mr. Enock Kiptaiwa refuted the claims saying the county government was still in the process of formulating a policy to guide the disbursement of the funds.
“It is true that the money has delayed, but we are asking them to be a little more patient so that we can ensure that those who deserve the money are given priority,” said Mr. Kiptaiywa.
Kiptaiwa said once disbursed, the Sh.10 million cash will benefit at least 400 people, even as the county government looks at increasing the allocation in the subsequent years.
He pointed out that there were an estimated 6,000 people living with disabilities (PWDs) who had registered in the county, with about 2,500 of them in Baringo Central Sub-county.
He said their registration is ongoing.
He however cited frustrations in the registration exercise, where he blamed family and relatives for hiding disabled persons at home. He added that owing to inadequate resources, they were not able to visit homes suspected to be hiding the disabled persons.
The group gave the county government a two week ultimatum to complete the disbursement process.