Covid-19 exposes PWDs to more vulnerability, says MCA Lenana

CAPTION: County Minister for Trade and Corporatives Alvin Kimani (left) and Nominated MCA Richard Lenana at a past event. Photo | Courtesy

Nominated MCA Richard Lenana has said that PWDs do not only need food, but also extra protection from harm and danger due to mistreatment

By Our Reporter

Kajiado County Government has been urged to come to the aid of persons with disabilities (PWDs) during Covid-19 pandemic; who are not able to sustain their livelihoods.

Speaking in Oloolua Ward recently, Nominated Member of County Assembly Richard Lenana noted that PWDs cannot afford to withstand long queues while seeking to be registered for food support and masks.

He thereby called for decency in the manner in which PWDs are handled during this season where they need extra protection from harm and danger due to mistreatment.

He cited a case where the PWDs were allegedly beaten by an administrator in Ongata Rongai while trying to seek help which depicts unfair treatment.

“I cannot keep quiet when people I represent in the County Assembly are facing unfair treatment by the administration which should be on the forefront in protecting their rights,” said the PWDs champion.

He noted that during such unprecedented times the County Government should devise other ways of registering the PWDs and to be given necessary support without having them struggle in the long queues since they are already constrained.

The PWDs champion said things must be done the right way without going to the streets to protest for constitutional rights that all Kenyans should be enjoying irrespective of their status.

“Any form of support and donations to the vulnerable groups must reach the PWDs in every part of Kajiado County without any form of struggle,” said the County Legislature.

According to the census report released in February, 2020 by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, the population of women with disability is 523,883 compared to 394,330 men, with the majority living in the rural areas.

The census that covered those aged five years and above shows that out of 918,270 persons with disability, only 179,492 live in urban areas.

Kajiado County is among the pastoralist Counties with lower percentages of PWDs at 1.1 per cent.

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