Persons living with albinism in Kenya have decried the move by the government to downsize the annual budgetary allocations to the National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD)
Speaking during the 6th celebration of the international albinism awareness day held on 13th June 2021, the society led by former nominated senator Isaac Mwaura said the CS for treasury Ukur Yattani did not follow all the requirements under Article 10 of the Constitution of Kenya on national values and principles.
‘‘we decry the manner in which the government summarily downsized its annual allocations to the NCPWD for the 2020/21 Financial Year. This was done without public participation.’’ Said mwaura
He added ‘’Neither were any stakeholders in the disability sector consulted in the process, yet this is a requirement under Article 10 of the Constitution of Kenya on national values and principles. This affects Persons with Albinism because domiciled at the NCPWD is the National. This affects Persons with Albinism because domiciled at the NCPWD is the National’’
The society also condemned the recent remarks and what they termed as ‘’political persecutions’’ by some political leaders in Kenya who suggested that albinism was nothing but a mere skin problem.
‘’The political tribulations came about simply because he did not stop speaking the language of the common mwananchi (Wanjiku), an identity that all our members readily identify with. Thankfully, our Honorable Courts have been steadfast in ensuring that our rights as vulnerable persons in society have been protected and upheld’’ said the society
They also decry the manner in which Senator Isaac Mwaura’s cause was handled in the senate where he was removed by the Jubilee party as a nominated senator.
‘’as you may have been seeing in various media outlets, our own Chairman and Senator for Persons with Disabilities Hon. Isaac Mwaura (CBS, MP) has been on the receiving end of what can easily be argued to be undemocratic governance in the political sphere for simply speaking up his mind’’. the society added
Mwaura’s position was given to former Samburu senator Sammy Leshore.
However, the society has vowed to continue championing the rights of persons living with disabilities specifically people with albinism.