The Albinism Society of Kenya has castigated Jubilee party Vice-chairman David Murathe over his remarks against former nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura.
In a statement issued on Saturday, May 22, 2021 the Albinism Society condemned Murathe’s sentiment on albinism during an interview on KTN in which he had claimed that albinism is not disability.
“Mwaura is not only a Member of Parliament with Albinism representing Persons with Disabilities but is also a role model and mentor to many Persons with Disabilities.
“Questioning his disability, therefore, questions the disability of all persons with Albinism that he identifies with or represents,” the society noted.
They alleged that persons with albinism living in Kenya had gone through a struggle to have albinism legally recognized as a disability.
“Advocating for our inclusion in the mainstream society and subsequent recognition as a disability started in the early millennial years. Due to our efforts, the Board of Directors for the National Council for Persons with Disabilities in 2006 adopted an institutional policy that made Albinism a stand-alone category among the categories of disabilities,” they stated.
This comes after the ruling party’s Vice-Chairman while appearing on KTN for an interview had opined that the pigment of somebody’s skin is not a disability in reference to former nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura.
“I think Sophia, the pigment of somebody’s skin is not a disability. There is nothing that I can do that Mwaura cannot do, there is nothing that Gachagua can do that Mwaura cannot do, there is nothing that Mwaura can do that we cannot do. In fact, we are going to revisit the definition of persons living with disabilities,” Murathe stated.
Suna East Member of Parliament Junet Mohammed had also claimed that Mwaura ‘bleached’ his skin so that he could be nominated to parliament.
The MP was later forced to issue an apology after his remarks on albinism caused widespread uproar.
In a statement, the MP noted that his comments were taken out of context, and added that he had no intention of attacking demeaning or attacking people living with albinism.