Members of Rotary Club of Voi yesterday donated a wheel chair to Margaret Wakoro Mayunga, 57, at Mnaoni Village, Kaloleni Ward, in the outskirts of Voi Town.
Led by the Club’s Charter President Ashok Anand, the team, which included Secretary Meshack Pongah Mwandoe, the Club’s New Generation Director Robert Mwangala, International Relations Director Duncan Mwanyumba and new Club member Carol Wamuyu, were received by Village Elder Evelyn Mwenda who’s own sister Christine Wakesho born in 1998, is epileptic and, bed-ridden.
Between 2012 and 2015, the Club, which was chartered on June 22, 2012 and is currently presided by Rotarian Willy Mkubwa, has donated over 30 wheel chairs to deserving members of the public. Whereas, on some occasions, the Club members have visited private homes to far flung areas like Wusi, Bura and Wundanyi within Taita Taveta County and Pingilikani in Kilifi County to donate the wheel chairs, in October 2014 however, the Club organized a well attended public forum at Voi Stadium where 12 wheel chairs were donated.
Unfortunately, however, some of those gathered for the occasion yesterday lamented the poor official Local Government response to the plight of physically challenged persons. According to the village elder, the number of those afflicted in the locality comprising Mnaoni and Gimba may well exceed 30. Her own sister, Christine Wakesho aged 27 and still single, and whose identity is hardly known to local Government authorities for lack of a properly coordinated official awareness program, is languishing in abject neglect and poverty.
In a thinly veiled rebuke of nominated Member of County Assembly Honorable John Maganga who is physically challenged and an Anglican faithful, the villagers present were unanimously agreed that Hon. Maganga had not led any fact-finding mission to their locality, besides merely accompanying ACK Taita Taveta Diocesan Bishop Samson Mwaluda to the ACK Mnaoni Church recently on April 5 this year for the Easter Sunday Confirmation Service.
Voi City, Monday, May 25 2015
Duncan Mwanyumba is a practicing Advocate of the High Court of Kenya currently based in Voi City, Coast Province of Kenya, and a member of the Rotary Club of Voi.