Mp blasts police over assault on paralympians, vows to push for budget cuts in sports ministry

Dennittah Ghatti during a press conference at parliamentary buildings on Friday./CHRISTOPHER NYAMUTA

Nairobi, KENYA: Member of parliament representing people with disability Denittah Ghatti has blasted the police for allegedly assaulting paralympians.

Speaking at a media briefing in parliament buildings on Friday, Ghatti said that it is improper for the police to assault paralympians who had staged demos along Thika super highway on Thursday demanding for their unpaid allowances.

The demos attracted police who had to swing into action to quell the demos which had turned ugly.

The mp blasted the police over the matter urging the Inspector General of police, Hillary Mutyambai, to take swift action and bring sanity.

“Police were there along Thika road when the paralympians were demonstrating, assaulted them instead of appreciating our 24 medals from Morocco,” Ghatti said.

Ghatti slammed the ministry of sports for failing to give the paralympians their allowances after the Morocco games vowing to push for the budget cuts in the ministry of sports if the matter will not be addressed.

“We are going to engage the sports committee in parliament to reduce the budget for the ministry of sports.” Ghatti said.

The paralympians who participated in the qualifying games for the 2020 World Paralympic Games in Morocco blocked a section of the Thika Superhighway for the better part of Thursday morning.

Kennedy Dungi, Kenya National Paralympics Committee Secretary General, reportedly said Sports PS Peter Kaberia promised to pay their allowances once they land in Nairobi.

Dungi further accused the Ministry of Sports Officials have been playing cat and mouse game with them over the payment of their allowances since Tuesday.