The Star (Nairobi)

5 December 2012

Kenya: Disabled Want More Political Seats

People living with disability in Kitui have asked politicians to formulate policies that will address their plight. The group of more than 500 physically and mentally challenged persons said they have been ignored in terms of political representation.

Through their leader John Kilonzo, the group said they have been discriminated against in the distribution of job opportunities. They had converged at the Kitui Municipal Stadium on Monday during the International Day for Persons with Disabilities.

Jemima Mbiti, who is seeking to represent the disabled in the Kitui County Assembly, asked parents not to hide their children born with disability. Mbiti said the disabled need to be empowered to fit into the society instead of pity.

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