The Star (Nairobi)

20 October 2012

Kenya: People Living With HIV Call for Inclusion in Politics

Women Fighting Aids in Kenya (Wofak) yesterday urged for the involvement of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in political appointments.

Dorothy Onyango, Wofak executive director said political inclusion and strengthening the capacity of PLHIV should be encouraged.

"Parties aspiring to take leadership need to give a hand to individuals and groups that support PLHIV in trainings and ensure they have capacity to stand on their own," she said during the launch of the manifesto of PLHIV in Kenya at the Silver Spring Hotel in Nairobi.

The manifesto expresses the demands of PLHIV and those affected by Aids and TB in Kenya, further urging policymakers to endorse and incorporate it as part of their health agenda.

Onyango, a parliamentary aspirant in Kibera in Nairobi, noted that parliamentarians, political parties have the duty of legislating on matters that will improve the welfare of PLHIV.

She added that; " They should clearly include in their manifestos, strategies and measures that will allow for greater participation of PLHIV as candidates."

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