Minister Byandala, PWDs Face Off Over Favouritism

patient geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The disabled under their umbrella organisation, what is ed Uganda National Action on Physical Disabilities (UNAPD), blamed the ministry and other responsible institutions for turning a blind eye to their exclusion from some buildings and other public social services.

President Yoweri Museveni last year enacted the Building Control Act 2013, which still awaits Transport Minister, Hon Abraham Byandala’s issuance of implementation guidelines to come into force.

UNAPD officials noted with concern, however, that the guidelines are still at the draft stage at the ministry.

The body was yesterday launching the Accessibility Improvement Project at Grand Imperial Hotel in Kampala.

UNAPD recently came up with standards that should be followed in construction of building and other public and private structures to cater for accessibility by people with disabilities.


The Project Coordinator, Mr Vincent Kafeero, noted that when his team recently met with the ministry’s Commissioner for Housing, it emerged that the standards had not been incorporated in the guidelines draft.

“It was shocking to us, and we realised that if we had not taken an initiative to visit the ministry, the Minister would have passed the implementation guidelines without the standards,” he said.

Speaking at the launch, INAPD Vice Chairperson, Mr Arthur Blick Sr., said that most of the buildings in Kampala are being commissioned without supporting facilities for disabled people like ramps and handles, while their toilets are entirely inaccessible to people in wheel chairs.

“We have sadly been left out in the development process because we simply cannot access some of the key service places like schools, hospitals, banks, and other government and private institutions,” he said.

“All we need is independence. If the environment is accessible, I will not need someone to wheel me in the chair.”

He observed that the project is not only targeting people with disabilities, but also others like expectant mothers, sick people, the elderly and workers carrying heavy loads up the building, among others.

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