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Henry Nyombi, Chairman NUDIPU speaking to the congregation that tunrned to celebrate IDDJoseph Malinga A senior government minister in the ruling NRM government has said efforts are being put in place to mainstream disability in all strategies designed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, (SDGs). Hon Muruli Mukasa, while recently presiding over celebrations of the International Day of Persons with Disability, in Tororo district, Eastern Uganda, said his government is aware of the challenges PWDs experience as they strive to access services.

“Government is working to improve the services for PWDs. We are aware of the significant gaps that we need to address in order for us all to benefit from SDGs,” he said. Muruli says the government has provided a framework on social security and social service protection of PWDs geared towards addressing the gaps.

Promoting an inclusive development in awake of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new world development agenda replacing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), is thus paramount and a right path towards improving the lives of PWDs.

The ministers’ remarks therefore come at the backdrop of concerns by the disability movement that President Yoweri Museveni Kaguta, has since neglected issues affecting PWDs, although they have often voted him to power.  Despite government enacting and ratifying a number of legal instruments such as National Policy on Disability, PWDs Act, UNCRPD etc.…, Mr Henry Nyombi, the Chairman National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU), believes the state of PWDs largely remains dreadful.

“Our people have gone to school but have no access to employment,” Nyombi, notes. “Even the National Identity Card registration exercise has left many of them out and, we are afraid they may not be able to participate in the forthcoming elections because they don’t have national identity cards.  It is therefore, imperative that government comes out with a deliberate plan to ensure that the implementation of the SDGs does not leave out PWDs,” Nyombi argues further.

Hon. Muruli, however, said disability inclusion is not only a function of government but that all stakeholders have a pivotal role to play. He thus urged leaders at all levels to ensure disability inclusion in efforts aimed at achieving SDGs. Specifically, he underscored the need for Local government leaders to promote disability inclusion in social, economic and political participation, which apparently scores minimal percentage in the government interventions.


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