Kenyan citizen denied visa for being disabled
02 March 2016, 16:37
Nairobi - A Kenyan citizen has been denied a visa to travel to China to attend a seminar because of being disabled.
The meeting scheduled to start 3rd March will probably go on without Mwaura Kimemia because of what the lady mandated to issue visas at the Chinese Counsellor office situated along Ngong road Nairobi termed as 'severe disability'.
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Mwaura, an employer at the County government of Nakuru together with nineteen others were to represent the country in the seminar funded by the Chinese government.
He says he followed due process to get the visa but things changed when he went to collect it.
"The lady became rude and demanded to know what I was doing there. When I told her about the trip, she insisted that Chinese government do not fund disabled people," he said in a press conference today.
Mwaura added that the lady instead told him to 'fund himself or wait and attend a seminar that will be held near him'.
The lady also asked him to prove that he was not disabled by not walking with clutches.
"Had I not gone there, because there was an option of sending a person to collect a visa for me, I am sure I will be having it with me here. I think the discrimination came in because somebody saw me and this discrimination must stop," he said.
Chairman National council for persons with disabilities, Dr. David Ole Sankok condemned the incident and urged the delegation to cancel the trip in protest of the harassment.
"It's good for the conference to continue without Kenyan delegation rather than them seeing discrimination of one of their own," he said.
Sankok said they have already reported the incident to relevant Kenyan authorities for appropriate actions to be taken.
"We will even seek international avenues to see the matter is solved," he said.
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