Kasese PWDs Irked by Discrimination, Segregation

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Kasese district male councillor for PWDs Banjo Masereka expresses concern that several of their functions have not been attended by leaders despite having them invited. He was speaking at the district celebrations to mark the international day for PWDs at Mpondwe primary school on Wednesday.

Persons with disabilities in Kasese district are bitter with what they call discrimination from the political leaders and the civil servants by shunning their public functions.

Kasese district male councillor for PWDs Banjo Masereka expresses concern that several of their functions have not been attended by leaders despite having them invited.  He was speaking at the district celebrations to mark the international day for PWDs at Mpondwe primary school on Wednesday.

Of the 29 lower local governments (sub-counties, town councils and Divisions) in Kasese district, only hosts Mpondwe-Lubiriha town council  were represented by the Vice Chairperson LC 3 Nora Biira and the town clerk Eva Biira.

He says attending such functions enables lower local government leaders, sub-county chiefs, town clerks and Community Development Officers to understand issues affecting PWDs for the purposes of planning and budgeting.

The chairman of the Kasese district Union for Persons with Disabilities Joshua Mugenyi commended government for being supportive to PWDs adding that financial and material assistance has been given to adress the plight of persons with disabilities.

Mugenyi however, asked the political leaders and religious leaders to help sensitize parents about the benefits of education for the children with disabilities.


According to Mugenyi, despite the district having four schools with PWDs with learning facilities, there are still parents who keep their children at home

About 20 PWDs including those from the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo received wheel chairs and white canes to aid the crippled and blind respectively move from place to place.