Residents of Ekalakala ward of Masinga Sub-county within Machakos county living with disabilities expressed their gratitude after their plights were addressed by local leaders.
During an event conducted at Ekalakala market aimed at identification of disabled people,assessment, issuance of wheelchairs ,cratches among other assistive devices in the area, many showed up to benefit from the free exercise.
The event spearheaded by area member of county Assembly, Stephen Mwanthi saw over 150 PLWDs ranging from the deaf, blind among other physically challenged children, youths and the elderly showed up.
Stephen outlined his mission to treat his electorates equally emphasizing they are all equal and would work tirelessly to ensure all their needs are met and most importantly, empowered once they come together,register and form self help groups.
The Mca also appealed to parents/guardians with disabled children to bring them forth so that they get governmental help. He also urged such guardians that it is not anyone’s fault to sire disabled children so they should not shy away.
“I also welcome any wellwishers to extend a helping hand so that our people can fully benefit,” urged the MCA.
Justus Katumo,APDK vice chair and a nominated Mca representing the disabled in Machakos county government who had also accompanied the Mca said ksh.10 million has been set for the disabled in the FY2019/2020 .
Katumo also urged the PLWDs to also come out to get assistance emphasizing on the need to register for the national council of with people living with disabilities cards to get necessary help.
“Do not be afraid of your disability, there is so much in store in store for you when you come out, “ advised Katumo
Boniface Mwendwa, a beneficiary thanked the county government through their Mca for remembering them. Mwendwa suffered paralysis years ago and was glad to get an assistive walking device.
“I am very grateful for I will be walking without problems after receiving this assistive device,” happy Boniface said