Try life in a wheelchair and then tell me disabled people have equal rights: Ngilu echoes Jackie Ashley

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Former Lands CS embraces one of the attendants at the forum

“On Sunday 17th July 2016 I hosted physically challenged people from across Kitui County for a consultative forum on how to best address their plight.” Former Lands CS Charity Ngilu wrote on her social media page.

The pleasures most of us take for granted are still denied to disabled people for instance restaurants and government offices often fail to adapt their entrances to allow wheelchair access, or refuse to install disabled toilets. Sports grounds, too, should be more accessible to disabled people.

Ngilu presents a meal to one of the participants.
Ngilu presents a meal to one of the participants.

“Laws against discrimination are of no use at all if they are not enforced, but that requires political will. Not only is the government refusing to enforce the law, but it is making it more difficult for individuals to take action.” Ngilu said.

She was speaking at her home when she hosted and shared a meal with a group of disabled people.

Ngilu promises to refire the anger and energy of the disabled to put right what now seem gross injustices if she ascends to power.

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“The county government should identify the different types of disabilities and set aside places where persons with specific disabilities can be taken care of including setting up monetary supporting amenities like businesses and jobs to cater for their needs.” Ngilu argued.

The discussions went on during the consultative forum.
The discussions went on during the consultative forum.

 

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