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:: Day of the African
Child with Disabilities:
In 2007 the day of the African
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This portrayal expresses what our dreams are for these children
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gunned down in Orlando Soweto by bullets of apethied so many years
ago, we should also pose and consider what bullets these portrayals
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Trevor Langat Kibet, the 13 year-old student of Brookhouse,
who risked to write a letter to the finance Minister Amos Kimunya
in an effort to inspire members of parliament to think development
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Kibichi, the limbless, 7 year old who appeared in
the media at the same time playing football; or holding a pen
with his mouth writing in school. with parents asking seeking
alms from good samaritans to educate the clever boy. The two children
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Trevor Kibet Langat
The most 'succeesful' government programme.
The facts about the two Heroic children of independent Kenya are
as opposite as light and darkness. John is celebrated because
while we did not wish our children to be like him and dont want
to his basic needs to get an education, even though we sympathise
with his condition, we are amazed at his magic triumphs.
While we did not protect him from stigmatising neighbours and
poor parents who do not understand why "Magic John"
does not have limbs, we love to see him on TV kicking a ball and
asking for help from good samaritans who can help educate him
in a country where free education is the most successful government
We admire the risk young Kibet Langat took. We are awed at his
mastery economics and his ability to risk wrting a letter to inspire
members of parliament to think development and not sleep on the
job. He has visited Kimunya's finance Ministry office and dreams
of a business channel to facilitate debate on more serious matters
that would make Kenya equals of Singapore and South Africa.
At 13 years, he has achieved alot for himself. He was in South
Africa in the Young People's Conference where he saw first hand
what roads Kenya ought to have. So he knows the relationship between
the sleeping MPs and the bad roads he sees on his way to school
in the new school bus. That is the real Kenya if we are to make
For "magic" John Kibichi, he needs the media to help
him raise funds to get a teacher who knows how to teach him. He
needs a good samaritan to get him a wheelchair. He needs his mother
to wheel him to school every morning. He needs his parents to
protect him from neighbours who have been told he is a curse.
He does not know if the local school will take him for class two
which is upstairs and the wheel chair cannot make it. His mother
has to carry him up the stairs at the local hospital even at 17
years since there are no rumps. He knows that even after going
through all this like his older brothers who are deaf, blind or
physically challenged he will have to pay tax to build social
services he is denied access.
So when Kibichi was told about a trip to South Africa, that is
if the airplane will accomodate him without charging extra shillings
for his special needs. He will find no difference between the
children like Hecta Peterson who died by the gun of Apatheid South
Africa and children with disabilities in Kenya of 2007. To peterson,
apartheid was the political system that existed in his days South
Africa, in which only white people had political rights and power.
To Magic John it would mean a political system in which only people
without disabilities had political rights and power.
So while "Magic" John
would need 'magic' to become planning minister in 2030, Young
Kibet would have all things well for him funded by the government,
including social services like education, health, and ICT to the
transport system. Young Kibet Langat, has started his campaign
for Finance ministry at the age of 13 years. He has visited and
got used to his work station in Parliament and Treasury.
Kibichi's 'magic' would not even bring him to Nairobi to see himself
on TV. All media houses travelled to North Nandi, but none could
think of inviting the 'limbless' to their Nairobi office. "What
for?" Asked a reporter. Finance Minister Kimunya's deliberately
ignored him in the budget too and his office is out of bounds.
This year, Treasury which sits on a pedestal, was able to refurbish
its envirunments without including a rump at the gate.
So Kibichi would need his 'magic' to crawl up the stairs at the
gate. If he can't manage Treasury, He is not welcomed to Parliament
either. The streets are hectic for his wheelchair which is not
motorised. The recent beautification and refurbishment of pavements
in town by the Nairobi City Council removed the rumps he could
have used, built during the President Moi regime.
But his heart is determined. 'He is already adopting to do everything
on his own, with very little support from his mother.' lets hope
his magic and self determination despite all these barriers we
have erected infront of him does not condemn him to some street
corner with a bowl in hand, asking Kibet for alms, but with better
government spending he will end up Treasury planning ministry
sharing an inclusive building with a cabinet colleague the finance