People Living With Disability in Matete Sub County have urged politicians vying for various elective seats in the August 9th General Elections to have an agenda for the disabled people in their manifesto.
Led by their chairman Kennedy Makokha, they said for many years leaders once elected in office have neglected PLWD who most of them their physical or mental challenges inhibit their economic wellbeing.
Makokha suggested to the candidates to convincingly demonstrate how they are going to help PLWD once elected in the office.
He said close to 1,000 PLWD voters in Lugari constituency have solidly vowed to elect leaders who will champion development and general wellbeing agenda during August 9 General Election.
“We hear about their campaign every day but key issues touching People Living With Disability are not mentioned,” Makokha regretted.
He said PLWD need to be empowered through training and resource provision so that they can provide for themselves and their families.
The chairman said there were a number of disable children from poor homes who didn’t continue with their education because nobody assisted them.
“I am appealing to the politicians seeking to be elected in different offices that they should be looking at ways of empowering the disabled through education at their early ages,” Makokha observed.
He noted that leaders should fulfil their promises through passing laws both at County and National assemblies that will enable PLWD to live better lives.
Makokha said that political leaders should always ensure resources including wheel chairs plus several tools to empower PLWD reach targeted areas without fail.
“It is your duty to ensure resources set aside both at National or County Government level reach the targeted PLWD at Sub-Counties without failure,” Makokha said while referring to politicians seeking different positions.