By Emmanuel Okwii
Charles Owor Okere, the LC3 chairman Kisoko sub county , Budama South Constituency has appealed to community development officers to put more attention to persons with disabilities during their planning to improve on their welfare.
He says in order to make them realize the meaning of affirmative action, there is need to involve them in all stages of planning so that all their interested are reflected to avoid circumstances in which services are imposed on to them.
Okere made his call yesterday while addressing persons with disabilities during a farmers forum dialogue organized by the National Union of Disabled Persons in Uganda[NUDIPU] under the Farming Partnership project courtesy of the community based rehabilitation [CBR] programme intended to forge a way forward to link persons with disabilities to government development programmes in the district.
He urged them to put more pressure on to their leaders so that all their interests are reflected in development plans such that interventions are sought.
The Unions national programme officer, Mr. Ambros Edwin Ogwang said that the project is aimed at creating awareness among persons with disabilities so that they are in position to influence decision making at their respective areas.
He said the farming partnership project has been designed to strengthen the participation of persons with disabilities in government programmes mainly National Agricultural Advisory Services [NAADS] programme to live a better life.
Meanwhile the senior community development officer in charge elderly and disability in Tororo district, Mr. Moses Moiza said that under the district disability union, numerous achievements have been realized ranging from streamlining all disability issues in all government sectors.
However he expressed disappointment to organization and individuals that promote offering charity gifts to persons with disabilities which he said were frustrating government efforts to reduce on dependence syndrome in households.
He said whereas handouts are also relevant to the needy community, the art to sustain life styles would be the best option that would help to improve on people’s livelihoods.