People with special needs urged to vie for elective seats
Written by Carren Papai
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People with special needs from Busia County have been urged to vie for various elective seats in the next general election.
Addressing the press in Malaba Tuesday Morning , Special Needs Empowerment Program Director Juliet Wanjiru asserted that time has gone when the Kenyan Government used to neglect people with disability declaring that it is now their turn to lead the Nation.
Mrs Wanjiru called upon the disabled in Busia County to unite and elect one of their own expressing optimism that the step will help them fight stigma and put to end the immense problem of being marginalized by the society.
“Kenyan has a population of 3.9 million people with special needs , is a clear indication that the disabled can unite, speak one language and elect their leaders from County level to the national level without fear and intimidation,’’ she explained.
She pleaded with them to exercise their constitutional rights through voting by evaluating leaders with no tainted records, putting less concern on the issues of handouts in a bid to choose people who will articulate their grievances, and focus on development.
As a way of educating the disabled on their rights, she revealed that the Kenya Union of Blind is going to roll out a program to sensitize them on good governance as a step to curb cases of politicians capitalizing on the disabled, luring them to vote for them through handouts.