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Senators petitioned to investigate human traffickers manhandling PWDs

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Sylvia Kasanga

The Senate has been petitioned to investigate reports human traffickers in Kenya are misusing people living with disability, especially women and children.

Nominated Senator Sylvia Kasanga claimed traffickers are forcing women and children to work as beggars on the streets and as domestic servants.

In some extreme cases, they are used for prostitution and rituals, among other inhumane treatments.

She said this is contrary to Article 54 of the Constitution, which safeguards the rights of persons with disability.

The article states that a person with disability is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. He or she should be addressed and referred to in a manner that is not demeaning.

It also guarantees that PWDs are entitled to reasonable access to all places, public transport, and information, and access to educational institutions and facilities.

Kasanga wants the Senate, through its Labour and Social Welfare Committee, to inquire into the mistreatment of people with disability.

“The committee should state the nationalities of many such beggars flooding most Kenyans streets,” the lawmaker sought on the floor.

She wants the panel to disclose how the beggars, who have taken over many streets in Nairobi and other major towns in the country, found themselves on Kenyan streets.

Nairobi county has often attempted to flush out beggars from the streets. The county has in the past stated that beggars are ferried from Tanzania by traffickers who were misusing them for their selfish gains.

The Senate committee, chaired by Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, will also determine whether the beggars are documented to be in the country.

“Outline the measures the ministry has put in place, if any, to register and render the necessary support to all people living with disability,” she said.

Kasanga wants to know if the PWDs have been enabled to access human dignity, freedom, security, economic and social rights entitled to all Kenyans.

-The-Star

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