His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta should include a person living with disability in his second Cabinet, people living with the condition in Nyandarua have said.
During a forum held to celebrate the International Day of People Living with Disabilities (IPLWDs) at the Ol’Kalou Stadium, representatives from Nyandarua’s five sub-counties said they want a seat at the heart of national power.
“We want to see more inclusion in decision-making both in Nairobi and Ol’Kalou. President Kenyatta appointing one of us at the highest level will set the right tone for the rest of the nation,” said the group’s overall leader, Mr. Simon Wanjeru.
Members further claimed that they are facing discrimination in the country’s justice system.
“We want equal treatment before Kenyan courts. Cases involving some of our members have not been resolved since 2015,” said Mr. Wanjeru.
The County Executive Committee Member in charge of Education, Gender Affairs, Culture and Social Services Hon. Faith Wanjiru assured the group of her personal support, reminding them that she is one of them.
“His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia has ensured that you can directly influence his government’s laws and policies through my presence in the County Cabinet. The Office of Nyandarua’s First Lady is also committed to deepening this engagement,” she said.
Hon. Wanjiru said Nyandarua’s disability bill will be reviewed to expand the disabled’s participation in county decision making.
“We are also starting entrepreneurship trainings so that our youth, women and the disabled can sustain themselves,” she said.
The theme for this year’s celebration was “Transformation towards a sustainable and resilient society for all.”