People with disability living in Mombasa County have warned politicians against using Gender Based Violence as a tool to scare them and women not to participate in the August, 9 general elections.
The community has called for peaceful campaigns in the county saying that they are all Kenyans and need equal rights to participate in the elections.
Addressing the media in Mombasa, Hamisa Zaja, a woman representative aspirant with the United Green Movement (UGM), also urged voters especially the youth to shun any kind of political intolerance.
“I am a person with a disability, so I understand the challenges we undergo, especially women. We wouldn’t want to see GBV being used to scare us from fully participating in the elections,” said Ms Zaja.
Zaja who has previously bagged international recognitions for peace and security, said that when violence occurs, it is mostly women, children and PWDs who suffer most.
“No matter how much you lover your politician, remember that after elections we are still friends and neighbors, life has to move on,” she said.
“We need a peaceful elections environment so that people with disability like me can be able to participate fully like any other Kenyans in the coming elections,” she added.
She also called on the Interior and Coordination Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to be on the lookout of security personnel being misused by a section of politicians to scare their opponents by disrupting or blocking their meetings.
This she said is meant to instill fear and intimidation.
Zaja said that every politician running for office in August must be given an equal and fair chance to sell their agenda to the people and let the people to decide who they want to lead them.
“Give each leader space and opportunity to campaign peacefully, there is nothing like this is someone’s stronghold. The people are going to weigh us and elect us based on our ability to deliver,” Zaja said.
She said that her agenda was about strengthening Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in the county saying that the kitty allocated to the county woman representative is not enough to address the challenges in Mombasa.
Zaja who has been very passionate about People with disability, also promised to push and legislate policies that will ensure the community is well taken care of in the country.
She is one of the 14 women who have lined up to replace Mombasa woman representative Asha Hussein who won’t defend her seat after losing out in the ODM primaries to Zamzam Mohammed.
“I will push for the full implementation of Act 2003 that gives people with disabilities a 100 percent chance to be comfortable and be in a conducive environment to live in Kenya,” she said.