We want peace during the electioneering period, Turkana PWDs demand
Lucas Lokusi is the Chairperson of people living with disabilities in Turkana Photo:Courtesy
People living with disabilities and the elderly people in Turkana County are calling on politicians to conduct their campaigns peacefully before, during and after the 2022 elections.
Speaking at a gathering of more than three hundred persons living with disabilities in the Kawalase area of Lodwar, their leaders said that the electioneering period is usually the toughest time for them. They noted that whenever there is violence and riots many of them lose their lives.
48-year-old Lucas Lokusi, the chairman of people living with disabilities in Turkana, said that the electioneering period always troubles him.
"Every electioneering period, I am always disturbed whenever I think of how persons living with disabilities suffer during those periods. We are the most affected people whenever the country is not peaceful. We want unity, peace and love during this electioneering period," said Lokusi.
Lokusi and Turkana County Chief Disability Officer Benson Ebei also called on persons living with disabilities in the county to register with the National Council of People Living with Disabilities(NCPWDS).
"Any person living with disability should come and register with the council so that they can access government funding for people living with disabilities and the elderly. Any person living with disability should get the card for easy identification even as the Council prepares itself to issue out new cards," said Ebei.
According to Lokusi, Turkana County has over 92,000 people living with disabilities but only 57,000 of them have registered with the council.
"Everyone should come out and be registered with NCPWDs. It is my desire that no one is left out in the registration process," said Lokusi.