Parents of children with disabilities told to register them
Written by Joan Wesakulila
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Kenyans have been urged to shun away from tribal politics and ethnic related issues to promote peaceful coexistence in their communities as a way of saving the nation from going back to what transpired in the country during the 2007 general elections.
Addressing parents, teachers and stakeholders from different regions during a sensitization drive to register all disabled children in Kenya to be legally noticed in Kabula area Bumula constituency in Bungoma County, the chairperson for the United Disabled Person in Kenya Mrs. God liver Omondi urged residents to do away with goon hired campaigns that will create enmity amongst Kenyans.
Omondi preferred Kenyans to choose a leader whose interests will go beyond his self and be a servant to all saying that disabled people have got no time to indulge in goon activities and stone throwing as some of those who accept to be used for nothing.
At the same time she urges parents leaving with disabled children to come out clearly and seek help intervention from related organs rather than hiding their children and living in self denial.
“Disabled persons have been left out for a very long time and their problems not fully tackled. It’s high time we gave them a chance” said Mrs. Omondi.
She says, “A parent’s voice determines a lot the life of a disabled child as he/she knows where it pinches most.”
She said if disabled people will be chosen in the available elective posts issues affecting them in life will be brought into the lime light fully asking parents and other disabled persons to fully know their rights according to the new constitution.
“Disabled people need a lot of life skills education, needs to be fully supported education wise from primary level and severe issues affecting them to be addressed and at the same time to be supported in all aspects and discrimination against them to be dealt with.”
At the same she acknowledged on the importance of joining a political party that will support them as disabled people to achieve their goals.
To get the best leaders, the UDPK chairperson insisted on the importance of every Kenyan citizen who has attained the age of 18 having a voter’s card and choosing on the type of leaders they want.
“Good Leadership can only be achieved if we as Kenyans unite and declare our interests to the best people we have faith in rather than sitting back watch others choose and later complain,” said Mrs. Omondi.
At the same time she acknowledged the media being a powerful tool to make the invisible visible to other Kenyans and work hand in hand to address the issues related to disabled persons and those affecting them as a whole.