Senator Joe Nyutu of Murang’a has announced his intention to sponsor legislation mandating financial institutions to provide interest-free loans to people living with disabilities.

He stated that if the government exempts persons with disabilities from import duties and business licenses, banks should also be compelled to make loans to them without any interest.

Furthermore, he proposed that all companies operating in the country allocate 20% of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) budgets to benefit persons with disabilities.

“It should be a law that these companies direct their community projects towards persons with disabilities to the tune of not less than 20% of their annual budgets,” he said.

Nyutu made these remarks during a stakeholders’ meeting to strategize on providing wheelchairs designed as kiosks for the disabled in Murang’a.

Last Friday, Nyutu distributed 200 wheelchairs to persons with disabilities in various wards of the county at an event held in Maragua town, courtesy of the Joe Nyutu Foundation.

He provided the wheelchairs along with vending products, enabling a disabled person to convert their wheelchair into a shop.

Nyutu mentioned that persons with disabilities can engage in pig, fish, chicken, and rabbit farming as these sectors do not require much physical strength.

Additionally, he said they could participate in retail businesses within shops or even in the informal sector as long as they are provided with capital.

Moreover, he urged all hospitals in the country to establish free workshops for repairing the equipment used by persons with disabilities.

He noted that persons with disabilities often struggle when their mobility aids, seating, and standing devices break down due to the lack of specialized repair technicians.

“This means that county governments should ensure they employ technicians for disability equipment such as crutches, wheelchairs, special shoes, and blind canes,” he said.

He emphasized that this expertise should be available in hospitals as the expertise of doctors is needed in the maintenance of such equipment.

“And since we cannot send doctors to work in workshops outside hospitals, we should have a policy of allocating space in every public hospital compound to accommodate this expertise,” he said.

The PLWDs representative in the Maragua constituency, Ms. Damaris Irungu, stated that persons with disabilities also need to be given county jobs.

“We have disabled persons who are educated and fully capable of performing office tasks. But we are often marginalized, seen only as recipients of charity and pity,” she said.

Irungu urged leaders to develop strategies to include persons with disabilities in important administrative decisions while endorsing Mr. Nyutu’s suggestions.