Person Living with Disabilities (PWDs) have been advised to stop staging by roadsides in a bid to beg from people in order to live.
Francis Mugwanya, the director Father’s Heart Mobility Ministry, a non profit organization dealing directly with people living with disabilities said.
Mr. Mugwanya made the call last week while distributing 170 wheelchairs and 20 walking sticks to PWDs from Amuru district. The event took place at Amuru sub county headquarters in Amuru district.
He also said that being disabled doesn’t ‘mean that you can not have some thing productive for yourself and your family’.
He advised them to at least identify some thing they can be able to do based on the different kind of disability each of them has, than begging from people along the different streets across the country.
Gilbert Olanya, the Kilak South Member of Parliament on receiving the wheelchairs and the walking sticks, before handing over to beneficiaries, blamed the government for the increasing number of people living with disabilities along street, saying that “government have abandoned people living with disabilities as the fund allocated to them are very meager and doesn’t reach the rightful beneficiary deep in the different villages across the district”.
He added that government should consider people living with disabilities by adding in enough funds to the disadvantaged people.
Cirabo Loka, 85, and a resident of Amuru said that for the past 10 years, he has not been able to move due to lack of transport.
He appreciated Father’s Mobility Ministry for the wheelchairs, describing it as a good gesture.
He also accused government for the negligence and abandoning of people living with disabilities, saying that ‘we have never benefited from any government program’.
He added that: “Lack of government support forced us to come to street begging for support from people”.