NCPWD want independence from National Olympic Committee of Kenya
National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) want National Paralympics Committee delinked from the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK), alleging discrimination.
He cited a recent episode where NOCK official, Andrew Mudibo of Kenya Table Tennis, accused national Paralympics committee President, Ms. Agnes Aluoch of ‘strangling’ him as she held on him after she accidentally fell down. The organization said her members were being intimidated and harassed.
“We were in a NOCK meeting and I was standing behind him and he had not noticed me. I was accidentally knocked and I lost balance and held Mudibo’s tie as I struggled to regain my balance. I was surprised he claimed I strangled him,” said Ms.Aluoch.
The NCPWD Chairman, David Sankok on Monday condemned the incident terming it unfortunate and a form of intimidation and harassment of his members, and called for a thorough probe.
He said the police who arrested her should also be investigated as that was inhuman and ignorant of the laws on persons with disability.
Sankok, who had accompanied the Paralympics team to Rio, Brazil expressed concern over corruption at the Ministry of Sports and called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene to restore sanity at the Ministry.
“For heaven’s sake, this lady (Aluoch) is disabled. She moves on wheelchair, her hands are frail yet an able-bodied man claims she strangled him for five minutes? That is ridiculous,” said Sankok.
Ms. Aluoch, who was accompanied by Paralympics officials, Denis Muga (Vice President), Peter Oloo – Secretary General Kenya Amputee Football Federation, Polycarp Mboya (President Para volley Federation of Kenya) demanded for justice.
By Ann Salaton