The Star (Nairobi)

16 May 2014

Kenya: Emmy Kosgei - The Airline Is Inhumane!

Gospel singer Emmy Kosgei has called for reforms in all sectors with regard to people with disabilities after her father, Bishop Jackson Kosgei had to crawl from a Fly540 plane at JKIA after staff said they could not help him get down.

"It is inhuman for any person or company to mistreat, mishandle or even abuse such people. You don't choose to be in such condition!" Emmy told Word Is, "It's time policies are implemented regarding Kenyans with special needs in all sectors. They should never be discriminated. They need protection."

The Bishop who preaches at Worldwide Gospel Church of Kenya is reported to have had a 40-minute standoff with staff members of Fly540 when it landed at JKIA from Eldoret after they claimed it is company "policy" not to lift persons off the flight. The altercation was reported to the JKIA police under the OB No: 18/11/5/2014

"I'm very grateful to the media and Kenyans for standing out in support to my daddy and with physically challenged people! We condemn the [airline's] actions," the Taunet Nelel singer said.

The better part of the week, Kenyans on social media have condemned the airline's actions under the hashtag #SomeoneTellFly540.

Adding, "Media and Kenyans have proven that we are one, regardless of our differences, we are voice to the voiceless. Disability is not inability!"

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