4 December 2018

Uganda: People Living With Disabilities Accuse Local Governments of Misusing Their Funds

People living with Disabilities (PWDs) have accused local governments of misappropriating money meant for projects meant to help them.

The revelation was made by officials from the National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU) in Nakeseke District where this year's celebrations to mark the International Day for PWDs were held.

Ms Night Grace, the national vice chairperson of NUDIPU said the disability grant from government has not served its purpose. She said that the money is being diverted by corrupt individuals at the local government level.

"Most of the steps taken in the direction of the disability grant have fallen short of serving the intended persons with disabilities as direct beneficiaries due to high corruption in local government and the meagre sums of the disability grant," Ms Night said.

Ms Safia Nalule, the woman Member of Parliament for PWDs, asked government to increase the size of the disability fund and to change the manner in which the funds are disbursed. She said that a report on the same will be submitted to Cabinet soon.

The event, attended by thousands of PWDs, was organized by government and the Ministry of Gender and Social Development under the theme 'empowering people with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality for all in Uganda'.

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