The county is not doing enough for us, say PLWDs in Mombasa


Mombasa, KENYA: People Living With Disabilities (PLWDs) in Mombasa have raised complaints that the county government is not doing enough to fully recognize their needs.

Mkala Shanga, a member of the Mombasa County People Living With Disabilities forum told Baraka FM on Thursday that  there are inadequate facilities in the county to cater for their special needs.

Shanga says most schools meant for PLWDs in Mombasa County lack enough facilities and the main cause may be lack of allocation budget specific for the disabled persons.

He revealed that for now they are under the department of Gender, Youths and Women at the county.

The move comes as the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC has said that it has considered needs of people living with disabilities (PLWDs) in the ongoing voters register exercise.

Nyali area of Mombasa IEBC coordinator Aisha Mohammed said the BVR kits used to register voters has specific mode that can be used to fill in information regarding the PLWDs who attained the age to vote.

Ms. Aisha added the information filled in the BVR Kit during that exercise will be used to identify their exact number, type of disabilities and places so as to provide them with required equipment on the Election Day.

“On the voting day we will provide braille voting material for the blind, this won’t be a new thing for us because we did it in 2013, for those unable to walk we will map them and provide a ramp during election day.” Said Aisha.

The coordinator added that they have began training sign language interpreters, to help passing information to the deaf and dumb during the ongoing mass voters registration and also during the general election.

She assured them of proper security on the Election Day, adding that they are collaborating with state security machinery to ensure everyone is protected.

Some of people living with disabilities in Mombasa applauded the move saying it will enable them practice their democratic rights to vote.