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Disabled persons fault Jubilee govt's appointments

10 January 2014, 12:23 Arap Yego

Bungoma - Persons living with disabilities in the country have decried their exclusion from the recent appointments announced by the Jubilee government and petitioned President Uhuru Kenyatta to consider them in the yet to be announced positions.

Speaking to journalists in Bungoma on Thursday, Martin Wanyonyi the Director of the Albinism Empowerment Network of Kenya, said persons living with disabilities and other special interest groups women and youth were largely snubbed in the appointments of chairmen of state corporations boards and previous plum government appointments.

“From the previous appointments, we fear that this government is unwilling to work with persons with disabilities. It’s outrageous that up to now we only have one person with disability appointed in the top leadership of this government, contrary to article 54(2) of our constitution, which provides that the State shall ensure the principle that at least five percent of the members of the public in elective and appointive bodies are persons with disabilities,” said Wanyonyi.

Wanyonyi, who is also a nominated Member of the County Assembly in Bungoma representing persons living with disabilities, appealed to the President and his Deputy not to go against the spirit of the constitution, which the two leaders swore to uphold and protect when they ascended to office.

“We demand  that any further presidential appointments should reflect the realities of our nation and not exclude persons with disabilities, who are part and parcel of our community and make a sizable population of the country,” said Wanyonyi.

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