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Stop harassing persons with disabilities, Sankok tells Kenyans

27 March 2016, 15:12 Geoffrey Kimagut

Nairobi - National Council for Persons with Disability (NCPWD) chairman David ole Sankok have told Kenyans to stop intimidating and harassing people living with disabilities.

Sankok said that the rate at which disabled persons are subjected to inhumane acts is worrying and warned Kenyans that legal action would be taken against perpetrators.

He was speaking at Ole Sankale School in Narok town for the disabled during a two-day medical camp for the disable.

The chairman was accompanied by Council officials among them Vice chairman Peter Muchiri.

 Sankok cited a recent incident in Narobi City where City askaris allegedly bungled a street hawker on wheelchair to a standby lorry saying that such barbaric acts against the persons with disabilities will land those responsible in court.

“We are perturbed by the high level of harassment, abuse sand other inhumane acts meted against children and persons living with disabilities in this country. We have numerous cases in our office and we have instituted legal action against some people,” said Sankok who added that the disabled have been facing abuses that should stop.
The council boss said due to the high number of such cases,the council have established a complaint office fully-fledged with legal arm to handle such complaints from their members saying that the disabled have a right to peaceful life like other Kenyans.

He also said that his office was handling a case in Narok where a disabled girl was impregnated and the suspect was scot-free under unclear circumstances.

Sanko noted that parents should be on the forefront in protecting their children born with disability against such vices.

At the same time, over 7,000 persons living with disabilities across the country have something to smile after their council issued them with wheel chairs,tri-cycles ,crutches, white canes and prosthetic limbs in a 18-month campaign to improve their lifestyles.

Muchiri said that the campaign on enlightening the persons with disabilities will be done in all the 47 counties and is aimed at  ensuring that the disabled lead normal lives despite disability.
“For a long time, the persons with disabilities have been forgotten in the social, economic spheres. We will be moving across the counties meeting our members, issuing them with wheelchairs and other aiding equipment,” said Muchiri.

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