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Mistreatment of disabled persons

08 March 2012, 11:15 Tony Ndungú Karomo

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Imenti north OCPD, James Kithuka has cautioned relatives of people living with different forms of disabilities against the culture of mistreating them and instead be more responsible in enabling them live normal human lives within their homes.
In a statement to the media in Meru town, Kithuka decried the increasing number of disabled people being placed at strategic places along the town streets to beg for money from sympathizers.
The police boss said his office was considering rounding up all those placed to beg in the streets so as to catch up with the able bodied persons who were responsible of ferrying them to such areas where their human dignity was being abused and demeaned.
Kithuka urged those who undertake the task of pushing the disabled persons in wheelbarrows to strategically place them along the town streets to use the same effort to engage in more productive activities to cater for the needs of their challenged relatives or friends within a more respectful environment.
The OCPD said it was very unfortunate that those placing the disabled person to spend the day begging were able bodied and very strong people who can actually provide for the needs of the challenged persons along with saving them from living low esteemed lives.
He also pointed out that some of the disabled persons had the ability to excel in various fields if only somebody within the family was responsible enough to strive to assist them discover and develop individual talents instead of making them feel useless and unable to contribute or participate in any form of self and community development.
Kithuka further reiterated that the intended crackdown on street beggars was geared towards arresting and prosecuting for appropriate punishment of those behind the trend of reducing fellow human beings to desperate street beggars.
The police boss regretted that some of the street beggars were being at their destined areas in the wee hours of the morning and left to persevere cold, get scorched by the sun during the day including being rained on when it rains since there was nobody to move them to a more secure area.

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