Ssekabira disqualified for failing to prove his disability

By Sania Babirye

The high court has dismissed an application by a one Herbert Ssekabira who dragged the Electoral commission for disqualifying him from vying for the male district Councillor position representing people with disabilities in Luwero district for failing to prove his disability.

Kampala High Court Judge Esta Nambayo has today upheld EC’s decision to disqualify the alleged hearing impaired Ssekabira the NRM candidate and the incumbent from the ongoing elections leaving his rival Suuna Mulema unopposed.

The Electoral Commission Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama disqualified Ssekabira on grounds that he had failed to prove substantially his disability in accordance with Disabilities Act 2019. On the 28th of December 2020 and directed the Returning Officer for Luwero District to declare Ssekabira’s rival Suuna Mulema elected unopposed because he was the only remaining candidate in the race.

The applicant was disqualified following a complaint by Legal Disability Rights Advocacy a non-governmental organization which stated that Ssekabira did not have any hearing disabilities and could nor represent their interests.

However, being dissatisfied, Ssekabira appealed against the Electoral Commission’s decision in the High Court for further redress.

People with disabilities urge government to be mindful of them while constructing markets

By Deo Wasswa

A report indicate that people living with disabilities in Uganda  find it extremely difficult to work in markets leading them to rampant poverty.

According to this study, disabled traders find it difficult to access market stalls, use public toilets, too much congestion and negative atittudes towards them by buyers.

These among others were the challenges highlighted in the study that was done between August 2016 and March 2017 by  different organizations of the disabled.

The study dubbed, the market based solutions for the extreme poor project, was conducted in two districts, Kampala and Gulu.

Mukasa Apollo, the executive director of the Uganda National Action on Physical Disability, asked that government and other development partners begin considering disabled people while building such structures.

PWDs are not happy with the new cabinet

By Wasswa Deo

Persons with disabilities have expressed disappointment at the new Cabinet saying it is a clear manifestation that the NRM government is no longer interested in disability issues and persons with disabilities.

PWDs are not happy with the new cabinet saying that none of the newly appointed ministers is disabled yet there are not more than seven members of parliament with disabilities in parliament.

They expressed their disgust at the new cabinet while addressing the media at the National Union of Disabled Persons in Uganda-NUDIPU in Bukoto.

They are now demanding   president to appoint any of disabled MP on his cabinet to handle the issues of persons with disabilities immediately.

Yona Wasswa, the acting chairperson for NUDIPU says they are tired of the president appoint a minister Tibaleke Andrea who has no signs of disability to handle their issues.