Devolution marginalizing persons living with disabilities, says PLWD coordinator

Mombasa,KENYA: Persons Living With Disabilities  at the Coast  region are blaming the central government for  failing to meet their needs at the grassroots level.
Speaking to Baraka FM, the Coast  region coordinator for PLWD Hamisa Zaja , says the  region is lacking a vocal leader who can  champion for their rights at the national assembly.
Zaja who is eyeing the Women Representative seat in  Mombasa county at  the August polls, says the matters pertaining education of persons living with disabilities are not being given the attention they deserve by the government.
Zaja who is also disabled lamented that there is a  shortage of  specials schools with proper facilities for disabled students in Mombasa county.
She added most of the disabled students cannot survive in day schools due to their health conditions and hence they are forced to spend a lot of money attending the few private special schools.
“Most of these institutes have not been devolved and budgeted for,” She said.
She said what motivated her to vie for the Women representative post, is the suffering they have been going through  for the past five years since devolution was implemented.
Zaja added that most buildings which hold public offices were lacking the facilities that aid their movement, hence making it difficult for them to access services in public offices.
In regards to the challenges  faced by women aspirants like  lack of finance, harassment from their male counter parts and disappointments from the community; Zaja admitted that she  is strong and  ready to overcome all the challenges so as to fight for the rights of people living with disability.