New Bill for People With Disabilities in Kenya

Africa, December 4 2013

The Garissa county government will sponsor a bill to address the plight of people with disabilities.
 Governor Nathif Jama directed the county executive Social Services Halima Mohamed and chief officer Abdullahi Omar to draft the bill.

“The county government is concerned over the plight of people with disabilities. More than 1,000 are in Garissa town alone,” he said.

Nadhif was speaking during the celebrations to mark the International Day of Persons with Disability in Garissa town yesterday. He said money has been allocated to support education of people with disabilities.

“We are drafting the bill to legalize the whole process. Once approved, we will also support them in microfinance businesses,” Nadhif said.

He said he had already created a special desk in his administration and appointed person with disabilities to head that section to address their plight.

The governor said he also appointed his able as a chief officer who will be incharge of crucial docket of health besides encouraging the nomination of three people with disability to the County assembly.

Nadhif said he his administration would do a headcount to all people with disability in the County. “The County administration will facilitate proper census of all people living with disability in the county” said  Nadhif.

Board Chairman of Northern Nomadic disabled organization (NONDO), Hussein Haret Borle said people with disability can do anything that a normal person can, hence need for consideration when it comes to employment and other opportunities in the country.

“Besides living with disability we are capable of doing anything, we don’t want people to feel pity on us and disability is not personal challenge but a political, social and economical challenge” said  Borle.

The event was attended by some of people with disability who are working in various county government and national government.

Source: The Star

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