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Disabled persons urged to take up decision making roles

06 March 2014, 14:27 Mike Munga

Nairobi - National Gender and Equality Commission chairperson, Winfred Lichuma has noted that participation of persons with disabilities and youth is largely missing from both National and County governments.

Speaking at Sarova Stanley hotel in Nairobi, Lichuma said that persons with disabilities have rights that must be respected.

"While at school, I only saw them in our homes but not in school," she said.

She challenged the members to be monitors of the law as the government implements it and added that leadership without accountability can lead to a dictatorial style of leadership.

"Our function is to co-ordinate, audit, monitor, facilitate and advice. We have to make persons with disabilities comfortable in our institutions so that they can deliver effectively," she said.

Isaac Kiema from Federation of Kenya Employers said that the country needs to learn from the past on how persons with disabilities are treated in order to make them serve better.

"We need to work together towards developing a better environment for the marginalized people," he said.

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