30TH JULY 2020
INCLUDE Pwds IN KAZI MTAANI INITIATIVE& FOOD AID DRIVES – MCA URGES
A Member of the County Assembly of Embu has slammed the National Government Sponsored COVID-19 Economic Support Programme for side-lining People with Disability (PWD).
According to Nominated MCA Bernard Kandia, who represents PWDs at the Assembly, members of the Special Interest Group risked dying of starvation, since they are forced to sit at their homes with no economic activity to actively engage in, while able bodied people are employed by in the programme dubbed ‘KaziMtaani’ Initiative.
The Ward Rep also revealed that most people with disability within Embu County could not even afford facemasks or hand sanitisers, but had not received the free items that are supplied by either donor organisations, well-wishers of the National and County Governments and therefore just stayed home to avoid contracting the novel Coronavirus.
A worried Kandia who spoke at the County Assembly Chambers during debate on the Embu County Appropriation Bill, 2020 narrated of how he had vainly tried to prod the County Commissioner’s representatives on the ground to set aside something for the vulnerable PWDs, but was always turned away and urged to wait.
He at the same time pointed out that Governor Martin Wambora’s past food aid distribution exercises had completely locked out the physically impaired members of society since they were always a push and shove struggle. He also noted that no PWD had the ability to queue for the whole day only to receive a one kilogramme packet of maize flour in the evening.
The MCA as well called upon his elected colleagues to consider setting aside part of their Ward Development Kitty to help economically uplift PWDs or purchase foodstuff for free distribution, exclusively aimed at the group in their respective wards. Kandia said many of the physically challenged may otherwise carelessly brave the COVID-19 pandemic to go fend for themselves in urban areas.
On the other hand, Mwea MCA Harrison Mwalukoexpressed his disappointment that underage school girls who fell pregnant since closure of learning institutions were being detached from their families since the only Rescue Centresto cater for teenage pregnancy cases from Embu County were located in Murang’a and Mombasa.
Mwaluko therefore urged the County Department of Gender, Children, Culture and Social Services to fast-track the completion of the Embu County Children Rescue Centre following an allocation of an additional Ksh 5 Million in the 2020/2021 Financial Year, maintaining that no girl deserved being separated from her family and society due to teenage pregnancy.