Person’s living with disabilities have tasked parliament to allow them to participate in the East African Legislative Assembly(EALA).
The remarks were made during a news conference held on the need for reservation of a slot for persons with disabilities in East African Legislative Assembly among the nine representing uganda.
This comes as Uganda prepares to conduct EALA elections on 29th of this month’s Currently NRM has ring fenced Six positions out of the nine slots that Uganda has.
The PWDs under their umbrella organization the National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU), said they need to be supported in order to secure the slots.
John Chris Ninsima, the acting executive director at NUDIPU said the population of persons with disabilities is at 16.5% which is a big number that needs to be considered in decision making at both the national and regional levels.
He partitioned Parliament through their representatives to reaffirm Uganda’s commitment to disabilities concerns in the country.
He explained that their demands are jointly being put forward by the National Union of persons living with disability, partners in the disability movement with support from sight savers.
An inclusive expert at NUDIPU, Ambrose Murangira said that if NRM ring-fenced some positions for the party, they can also secure one out of the nine for persons with disability.
“ In 2017 we lost and that is why we are here to push that people with disabilities we are ready to represent and we need the support,”he said.
The East African legislative assembly is the legislative Organ of the East African community Established by Article 9 of the treaty for the establishment of the East African Community in 1999.