A social media post by #Fredrick Ouko
Caught my attention.
This led me to further scrutinize the views of Kenyans and how they perceive persons with disabilities in the social media.
Kenya we have a long way to go to achieve real inclusion.
#jane says “Waow!! Very sad!! Inclusive employment is a myth! “
I hope the organization of persons with disabilities and policy makers can monitor and make pronouncement on this so that youth with disabilities can be counted.
Let’s return to #fred and I shall quote:
Can someone explain to me like a 2-year boy, how can a state-sponsored project on youth employment exclusively set out to discriminate against youth with disabilities and no other than PS Kibicho sets out the terms :#KaziMtaani initiative launched yesterday across 47 counties, you MUST be “Abled-Bodied” and aged between 18-35 years to benefit” ow
And now the views of Kenyans which made me in Swahili saying “niliishiwa na nguvu”
Kenyans are saying this.
1It’s manual work sir nothing discriminatory it’s just realistic
- Inua Jamii Initiative is meant for vulnerable and PLWD Who are not able to do manual works.
3Remember kazi mtaani is purely manual work so PLWD may not be able to undertake the task ahead4. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Kibicho’s statement…. it’s you who has stated it negatively and not him.
- It’s manual work sir nothing discriminatory it’s just realistic
5Stop being unnecessarily sensitive mheshimiwa..The government is quite specific on the type of employees it requires for the job. Just the same way it can put a master’s degree requirement etc. There’s a reason why able-bodied is specified.
6 Kazi mtaani needs energy and body movements
7 Anybody who can carry jembe, spades and shovels is able bodied. With all due respect nothing makes anybody who is abled differently from doing a job he/she can ably do. You are the one discriminating the same people you represent
- Anyone who can work is able bodied. Why are you feeling like the stt attacks people like you? Kwani hauko able bodied?
9 Abled bodied doesn’t mean discrimination against people living with disabilities, it mean you must be strong not weak to undertake the said activities. You may not be living with disabilities but you are weak hence unable to perform the tusk.
10 Si the disabled and the aged wanapewa pesa zao ?
11 Able bodied includes the albinos and others that have ability to work. Nothing is discriminatory in that statement. You must be having an understanding
12 A person who is lame, or has a disability is still able bodied but abled differently. We nowadays don’t call such disability!!! You should know that already.
13 Remember kazi mtaani is purely manual work so PLWD may not be able to undertake the task ahead
14 The term cannot be avoided since some of the workers can only be executed by able bodies eg security guards. Wait for your time unless you’re seeking publicity.
15 Your understanding of queen’s language is disabled.
16 It’s manual work sir nothing discriminatory it’s just realistic
17 This is the reason PWDs need advocacy. Able bodied is a prejudistic term in this case
18 I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Kibicho’s statement…. it’s you who has stated it negatively and not him.
19 He’s right, no descrimanatory..he said “able-bodied”…so if albinism and hear impaired are abled bodied,then he’s captured n the statement
20 Not all jobs you must be included…. Some slots are just for able bodied 🤣🤣🤣
21 I think you dont understand the word able-bodied…
22 Have you ever seen an albino who is a bouncer
23 Stop being unnecessarily sensitive mheshimiwa..The government is quite specific on the type of employees it requires for the job. Just the same way it can put a masters degree requirement etc.. There’s a reason why able-bodied is specified.
24 Very discrimatory even writting needs able body.
25 Si the disabled and the aged wanapewa pesa zao ?
Anyway what should the message be to all Kenyans:
With due respect all, your words “Must be able-bodied” are discriminatory and are in total contravention to our constitution article 54, persons with disabilities act of Parliament of 2003 session paper number 14 and UNCRPD (united Nation convention on the rights of persons with disabilities) which Kenya ratified in 2008.
All in all, as I normally say if we aren’t in the cake making we can’t be counted. when shall ablism tendency end?