The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: State Officials Snub Disability Event

Disabled people in Isiolo yesterday complained of neglect following the failure by leaders and government officials to show up to mark the UN International Day for Persons with Disabilities last week.

Group spokesperson Rebuen Ayani said the day is an important occasion for everyone including those who are not disabled. He said they have been ignored despite the promulgation of the new constitution which caters for their rights.

The event experienced a low turnout. Kilimani assistant chief Yussuf Abdi was hurriedly invited to read the speech for the Minister of Special programme.

Isiolo social development officer Fatuma Adan assured them that the government is working to help them realise their dreams. She urged them to work hard to invest in small businesses to earn a living.

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