Embu accused of sidelining the disabled in job placements

Makima MCA Phillip Nzangi said it is an open secret that the disabled have been ignored by the County Administration. [Standard]

MCAs have expressed disappointment by the failure by the county government to offer jobs to people living with disability.

Nominated MCA Bernard Kandia criticised the county executive for being discriminative to the physically challenged people by consistently failing to recruit them.

He said the county government sidelined the disabled when appointing the new Embu County Public Service Board, the Municipal Board, the County Revenue Authority, the Investment and Industrial Corporation county cabinet and all senior positions in the Executive.

Kandia added that the assembly had rubbished his petition to the County Assembly Committee on Administration, Public Service and Devolution to compel the Executive to recruit the disabled.

“Job vacancies should also be printed in braille to avoid locking out the visually impaired professionals,” he said during a session at the County Assembly.

Nominated MCA Margaret Kariuki said only one person with a disability was hired as the head of the Embu County Revenue Authority but he was later dropped.

“If we did an audit of the Embu County Government since September 2017, I’m certain not a single person with a disability has been employed. Only one person was employed in 2013 and he has since been removed from that position,” she said.

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Makima MCA Phillip Nzangi said it is an open secret that the disabled have been ignored by the County Administration.

Muminji MCA Newton Kariuki said the majority Jubilee Party cared little about the disabled.

He added that the one MCA that wasd nominated to represent people living with disability was from the Maendeleo Chap Chap Party.

Deputy Speaker Steve Simba said those with disability should be encouraged to apply for the said jobs and not wait for freebies.

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