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Lamu physically challenged decry discrimination

[Ongoing registration of persons with disability in Lamu. Photo/MUHURI].

Physically challenged in Lamu County have decried discrimination in various government opportunities.

The community says despite a considerable number having various qualifications they have been side-lined by the county government.

Led by Khalfan Omar, they said the situation has worsened with no programs aimed at uplifting their living standards.

According to Omar, compared to other Coastal counties where the physically challenged are considered in various development projects, in Lamu they have been totally side-lined.

He appealed to Lamu County government to consider the special need community so that it also accesses the required services.


According to Omar, the constitution is very clear on the rights and provides equal opportunities for persons with disabilities.

“It pains me to see less or none programs targeting the physically challenged only from non-governmental organisations,” he said.

He noted that since most of the persons living with disability are living under deplorable conditions the Lamu county government should consider uplifting their lives.

Persons living with disabilities in Lamu lack special mobility equipment, access to specialised treatment, access to education, stigimatisation among other myriad challenges.

Omar appealed to Lamu dweller to stop discriminating against persons living with disabilities.

“I also sent a humble appeal to parents in the county to stop hiding their physically challenges children,” said Mr. Omar.