Support sports for the disabled, gov’t urged
National and County Governments have been asked to establish sporting facilities for the physically challenged so as to allow them unleash their talents and earn from them.
Mosop Member of Parliament Stephen Bittok revealed that many physically challenged persons continue to suffer rejection as they are shunned by society, limiting their access to adequate care and support.
Speaking at Kobujoi Institute in Nandi County, the legislator said “the greatest disability is the inability to see the ability in the disabled people”.
“We want to urge the people of Nandi County and other areas to ensure that physically challenged children have a right to education like any other,” said Bittok.
He added that the physically challenged should also have equal access to opportunities and active participation in mainstream development processes of the country, noting that parents should be educated on how to care for those with disabilities.
He insisted that buildings, transport systems and other social amenities should be made easily accessible and usable by the physically challenged.
Deputy President William Ruto had earlier said that the government will add the number of elderly and persons living with severe disabilities to the cash transfer programme from the current 27,200 to at least 55,000 in the next financial year.
Ruto noted that the government currently uses Sh770 million annually to pay the elderly, persons with disabilities and the needy as part of the cash transfer programme.
The children of St. Mark Care Centre in Kobujoi also received donations such as foodstuffs; clothing, books and other personal amenities.
By Daniel Korir / Written By Jemimah Gathoni