National disability council insufficiently funded, Says official

National Council for Persons with Disabilities chairman David ole Sankok with Interior and Co-ordination of National Government PS Josephita Mukobe in Narok town. The NCPWD wants owners of buildings that are unfriendly to PWD arrested PHOTO: COURTESY.

Mombasa, KENYA: Lack of sufficient funds is a major challenge facing the National Council for Persons with Disabilities in Mombasa, this is according to the officials.

Sara Ayiecho the officer in charge of the Mombasa office on Monday, told Baraka FM the programmes and equipment offered to the disabled people is expensive.

Ayiecho revealed that there are over ten million people living with disability nationally which have made it difficult for the council  to provide for them.

The officer added that the money disbursed to them does not suffice the needs of the entire disabled community.

She said several projects cannot be implemented due to scarcity of finance.

“There are over ten million disabled persons nationally, and the funds we receive cannot suffice the needs of all the people.” Ayiecho said.

On the other hand, Josphat Musungu one of the people living with disabilities has urged the newly- elected IEBC to ensure that the seats outlined in the constitution for them are reserved for the disabled.

Musungu has revealed that those seats allocated to them as outlined in the 2010 constitution have been given to other people without any physical deformation.

“I want the new IEBC to reserve the seats allocated to us. In 2013 those seats went to other people without any form of disability.” he said.