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Kiboga PWDs to Sue District over Inaccessible Public Buildings

Kiboga local government is to be sued for refusing to comply with legislation that demands that all public buildings are accessible to people with physical disabilities.



One World Foundation Africa, a non-governmental organization, is working with the Kiboga Association of People with Physical Disabilities to prepare the suit.



Keefa Kiwanuka, Executive Director of One World Foundation in Uganda, says almost all local government buildings, health centers and schools in Kiboga are inaccessible for people with serious disabilities. He says this denies numerous people access to basic government services and they are cut off from the rest of society.



Kiwanuka says people with disabilities are entitled to demand for accountability from their leaders, address issues of concern and engage in public discourse, but they are unable to because of prohibitive local government buildings. He says his organization is willing to back legal action to force Kiboga local government to comply with legal requirements concerning public buildings.



Zac Ssembuusi, chairperson of Kiboga District Association of People With Physical Disabilities, says his executive committee will discuss the suit against the district soon. He says the association's request for more accessible buildings has been ignored in the past and legal action may be the only way to resolve the problem.



The Kiboga LC5 chairperson, Sirajje Nkugwa, calls for patience. He says the district is planning for the installation of ramps to replace steps in public buildings, but is waiting for money to implement the plans.



Melda Tumukunde, Executive Director of the National Action Plan on Disability, says this is not enough. She says the concerns of people with disabilities are neglected at all levels of government and there is a need for stringent action to effect change.

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