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Persons with disability plea for representation in the gov’t

Pictorial of a concerned person with disability

By Bida Elly David

Persons with disabilities earlier this week raised several alarms over exclusion in policy and decision-making within the government sceneries.

Speaking to Juba Monitor on Monday, Robert Lado, the Chairperson for Central Equatoria State Union for persons with disabilities said that the claims elevated by the government that persons with disabilities were embodied in the current system were false.

He said that the few enrolled within the revitalized government emerged as representatives from their political parties but not from the Union or general assembly for persons with disability.

Robert said that disability issues in the Country and the community have not been addressed and discrimination, isolation, and underestimation continue to escalate despite their constant outcry.

‘’I need to make it clear that the few enrolled within the revitalized government emerged as representatives from their political parties but not from the Union or general assembly for persons with disability. They are there to represent the affairs of their political parties not the affairs of persons with disabilities’’ He said

Robert said that disability issues in the Country and the community have not been addressed and discrimination, isolation, and underestimation continue to escalate despite their constant outcry.

He underscored that despite the fact that the union made necessary efforts advocating for the representation of persons with disability in the national parliament, all went in vain.

He termed the exclusion of the representation for persons with disability in the government and private sectors as an act against human rights since some of them bore full capacity to deliver services to the community and the entire nation.

‘’The Union has been advocating for the representation of persons with disability in the national assembly but it has been disregarded. Despite the challenges, we will still continue to shout out demanding our representation to be considered starting from the parliament, executive, judiciary whether at the national, State and County levels ’’ He said

Robert termed the exclusion of the representation for persons with disability in the government and private sectors as an act against human rights since some of them bore full capacity to deliver services to the community and the entire nation.

Furthermore, Robert stated that the major reason for their exclusion was due to the belief by some people that disability was an inability but the perception reflected passive logic towards persons with disability at all levels

‘’Some people may think that disability is inability but for us, disability is not inability because some of us are already graduates from different Universities bearing  degrees, diplomas, and certificates from different fields with full potential, skills, and confidence towards service delivery to the people’’ Robert said

In continuation, he said that some of them whose rights were violated obtained papers from different fields emerged from different institutions of learning, and have full potential and skills to deliver services despite having complications.

Robert urged the government to refrain from thoughts of exclusion to the inclusion of persons with disabilities to participate in any developmental and decision-making programs in all levels.

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