Disabled people accuse MPs
02 January 2013, 11:01
National gender and Equality Commission (NGEC) has accused seating MPs of reluctance to pass Constitutional Amendment bill 2012 that consists of nomination and appointment of seats.
According to Commissioner Simon Ndubai, the bill had been brought in parliament twice but shunned due to lack of enough support.
During a workshop held at Nyeri Provincial Commissioner’s information hall, Ndubai pointed out that legislatures only move swiftly when passing bills that cater and protect their interests.
‘They are self interested. If at all the bill does not concern them, it is of no significance,’ he lamented.
The workshop was attended by people with all categories of disabilities drawn from larger Nyeri County.
According to Ndubai, the workshop was specifically to sensitive their members on matters connected to forthcoming general elections and on elective positions.
“Our commission targets anybody discriminated in any way; women, youth, children, elderly and disabled who are considered as neglected and marginalized members of the society,” explained Ndubai.
He urged the 200 people to be participating in public matters substantially by expressing their opinions and vying for elective and nomination positions.
“NGCE is a constitutional commission established pursuant to the constitution with overall mandate to promote gender equality and freedom from discrimination,” Ndubai said.
He further added that they are mobilizing disabled people to join political parties and contest for leading positions since they are entitled to the positions too.
According to him, the move is aimed at making the ‘minorities and marginalized groups’ realize their rights as stated in the constitution and fight the long time stigma towards them by the society.
He also blamed political parties for not involving the disabled in their political activities at national level.
“Disabled are only considered at county level politics but at national level, there is a gray area,” said Ndubai.
Ndubai further requested them to come out in large numbers and vie for seats ‘with no fear but full of self esteem’.
The commission is expected to proceed to other Counties to hold similar forums.
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