PLWD lament of being sidelined by government officials in Matete

A section of people living with disabilities in Matete
A section of people living with disabilities in Matete

People Living With Disability in Matete Sub-County have lamented of being sidelined by both national and county government officials in the area.

Led by their chairman Kennedy Makokha, they claimed that their voices are not heard because development committees at the grassroots levels and public offices have refused to include their members in the committees

They want all committees formed for either development or any other public agenda to include PLWD as required by the constitution.

Makokha said they will be felt by the members of the society if they form part of development agenda in their communities.

“We ask our people to recognize People Living with Disability in everything they are doing. Here in Matete there are committees formed and even work given out but we are not included,” said Makokha.

He said PLWD are educated and they deserve employment opportunities and also be part of important decision-making committees in the communities.

Mercylyne Sakwa, while speaking on behalf of educated youth with disability, also claimed young people with disability were not getting information on available employment opportunities both in government and private sector.

Sakwa advocated for a special way of communication to be designed specifically for the PLWD whenever they are jobs. She said most youths living with disability in the area were not getting information on jobs available because of their disability status.