KCCA victim of own policy - PWDs

Uganda National Action on Physical Disability (UNAPD) has welcomed a move by the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to prevent the construction of buildings with poor accessibility for the disabled (PWDs).

However, UNAPD officials have vowed to mount pressure on KCCA to fulfill this measure on its own premises first.

“We are starting with KCCA premises that have no lifts, ramps which hinders PWDs,” Bumali said. “Other buildings should learn from the KCCA building…”

Speaking at a lunch-time meeting with journalists and editors at Hotel Africana last week, UNAPD board member Bumali Mpindi said that many buildings in the country were inaccessible by PWDs yet the owners were unwilling to make changes.

Mpindi said the authority had agreed to improve its premises to help PWDs, as part of its 2012/2013 budgetary expenditure, but this was not achieved. He cited an April 4, letter by the district disability council to KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi, in which they asked for Shs 400m to build ramps and lifts on the KCCA building.

According to Bumali, Musisi said the budget was still under the procurement process.

“By the end of this year, if nothing is done … we are going to court because what we are advocating is a right not a privilege,” Bumali said.

However, he commended banks and schools that responded to their plea to ease accessibility for PWDs.


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