Kisumu County Government joined the rest of the world in celebrating the international day of persons with disability at the National Industrial Training Authority grounds in Kisumu.
The day falls on the 3rd of December each year, with the aim of promoting empowerment, and helping to create real opportunities for people with disabilities. This enriches their capacities and supports them in setting their priorities.
This year’s theme, ” empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality” focused on empowering persons with disabilities for an inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This involves investing in people – in jobs, health, nutrition, education, and social protection. This prepares them to exploit available opportunities hence they become agents of change.
While addressing the gathering, Labour Cabinet Secretary Amb. Ukur Yatani urged Counties to work toward mainstreaming issues of persons with disabilities within their work force in the County. He also called upon Counties to formulate policies and legal frameworks that will help in mainstreaming issues of Persons with Disabilities.
He also commended Kisumu County Government for passing and operationalizing the policy. He also reiterated the issue of access to five percent of the tenders set by the Government to persons with disabilities. He said the Government plans to make the public transport system to be disability friendly.
On his part, Kisumu Governor Professor. Anyang’ Nyong’o promised to ensure that his government will spearhead the mainstreaming issues of persons with disabilities, having passed and now operationalizing the Disability Act.
Governor Nyong’o pointed out that the issue of cultural bias against people with disability should be shunned.
“As a County Government, we are prepared to tackle the issues of mainstreaming in so far as the needs of persons with disability are concerned and this is marked by the passing and the operationalization of the Disability Act,” said the Governor.
The event was also graced by: Kisumu Deputy Governor Dr Mathew Owilli, Mama Kisumu Dorothy Nyong’o, Members of Parliament Hon Sharkil Shabir of Kisumu East, Hon. James Koyoo of Muhoroni, Hon Denis Olesankok representing PWDs, Tom Odege of Nyatike, nominated Senator Denita Gati of Migori representing PWDs, Dr Nyakiamo of National Funds for the Disable, CEC Education, Dr. John Obiero Ogone, Director General NITA, Director among other dignitaries.
By: Emily Mikwa