Likoni MP under fire over alleged insult to disabled people


Mombasa,KENYA:Persons living  with disabilities in Mombasa  on Friday staged a protest against Likoni MP Masoud Mwahima over what they termed as derogatory remarks  he made against them.

They claimed the legislature asked the voters not to vote in  persons living with disabilities as he couldn’t work with them.

The protesters from Likoni sub-county in Mombasa matched all the way to   the Jubilee  party offices in Nyali to  to complain.

They accused the  MP of discriminating against disabled people in the community.

The protesters organized by the chairman Steven Mutinda  who is also an aspirant for the Mtongwe MCA  seat , thronged to Jubilee, offices in Nyali vowing to take necessary action against the MP.

Mutinda alleges that the legislator had told his supporters he was not comfortable working with persons living with disabilities in a meeting at his Likoni home.

‘The MP called a section of his supporters to his home in Likoni on Thursday, he gave one of the aspirant sh 80,000 for campaigns and asked the supporters not to vote for blind people as he was not comfortable working  with blind people ,”Mutinda told Baraka fm on phone.

They asked the jubilee officials and the IEBC body to take appropriate action against the MP including barring him from contesting for  the seat in the August election.

Mr Mutinda who has been living with a disability terms the claims as an insult and should not be uttered by any leader.

How can such a leader single out disabled people in the community,? Does it mean that disabled people are less productive?” asked Mr Mutinda.

Efforts to reach the area MP for comments were futile as his phone calls and texts messages went unanswered.