BBI must address marginalization for People with disabilities

Written By: KNA

Persons with disabilities from Kilifi County will only support the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) if it caters for their interests. 

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Kilifi County chairman for people living with disabilities Jacob Sirya says the over 3,000 registered people living with disabilities have been sidelined for many years and will not support the document for the sake of it.

He said despite many presidential directives that the group be considered for employment and awarding of tenders, none of the people in his group has benefited.

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Sirya said his office has taken measures to ensure that the over 5,000 unregistered persons living with disabilities in the County are brought on board so that they can benefit along with others through the BBI.

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Sirya who is a nominated MCA in Kilifi alleged that there has been mass discrimination and nepotism in awarding of jobs and tenders in the County saying investigative agencies should look into the matter.

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“We have been making fruitless efforts to secure either employment or tenders for the people with disabilities. We have taken our complaints to the executive in the office of the governor but without success,” he said.

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He said due to massive discrimination, most people with physical disabilities have not been able to utilize their full education capacity saying some parents keep them away from public limelight.

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