Presidential aspirant and the leader of the Renewed Uganda Pressure Group, Rt. Lt. Gen Henry Tumukunde has called upon the People with Disabilities (PWDs) to not only unite but also make collective decision, if they are to liberate their lives, which he said have been sidelined.
Tumukunde who decried the way PWDs are sidelined, said time had come for them to speak in a single voice that will see them liberated.
“It is time for the people with disabilities to stage their own revolution and save their lives from being own like properties,” he said adding
“You hear them telling PWDs that ‘you are our people, we own you, we gave you five MP slots so don’t talk,”
He made these remarks while launching the Renewed Uganda’s braille manifesto for the Disabled who include; the blind, the Deaf, those with physical impairment among others at his Offices in Kampala on Monday.
The renewed Uganda has interpreted its manifesto into a language that can be read by the blind people and it’s the fast of its kind, according to Tumukunde.
“Most of these slots in Parliament, including those positions of Women MPs are just placed there for people to go and eat,” he noted.
The manifesto according to Tumukunde aims at including the marginalized community which has been sidelined on discriminatory basis.
“We are determined to deliver holistic, inclusive and sustainable development using a wide range of strategies such as; Requiring and support all Public and Private Developers and Landlords to provide or modify existing structures to enable decent access for persons with Disabilities,” reads part of the manifesto.
The manifesto also aims at establishing regional care homes for PWDs who are in need of welfare.
Tumukude said that this will not only help in uniting all Ugandans but also make the marginalized communities have a reason to thrive in their country,
“As we are talking now, the Albinos are being hunted due to stupid superstition where people think that they can obtain wealth out of them. We vow to protect them with all our energy,” he said
Dr. Karinge Nyago, the Chairperson of the Renewed Uganda lauded Tumukunde’s gesture of thinking about the people whom he said had been left behind.
“You have made a landmark in Uganda’s history because for the first time, the political platform is launching a braille manifesto,” he said.
Moses Kinubi, who represented the marginalized said that the interpreted manifesto will help the over 12 million People living with Disabilities get a chance of knowing what Tumukunde has prepared for them,
“And indeed over 4.5 million amongst us are potential voters,” he said