Mr Newton Kwamla Katseku, Executive Director of Ghana Association of Persons with Albinism (GAPA) has entered the District Assembly Elections in the Hon West District Assembly to lead his people.
Newton who has being leading the fight against violence attacks and customary banishment on persons with albinism is hoping to become the country’s first local lawmaker with albinism.
He is seeking elections as Assemblyman for Abutia Agove Electoral Area within the HonWest Municipality and anchored his campaign on rural development focusing on opportunities for women and youth to stamp out poverty in the area.
Newton who taunts himself as a young man with integrity, loyalty and trustworthy is contesting with about two other contenders for the Abutia Agove assembly seat.
He said the Abutia Agove electoral area need someone who would articulate the concerns of the people for development, stressing that, besides bad roads and inaccessible to proper healthcare, youth unemployment and women empowerment remained a challenged.
The GAPA Executive Director added that his reason for entering into the assembly race is to use the opportunity to advocate for vulnerable persons in the Electoral Area and the entire Ho West District.
Ho West District is one of the 25 districts in the Volta Region of Ghana established by the Legislative Instrument (LI) 2083 of 2012. It was carved out of Ho Municipality in January 2012 and inaugurated on June 2013.
Ho West District is located between latitudes 6.33o 32” N and 6.93o 63” N and longitudes 0.17o 45” E and 0.53o 39” E. It shares boundaries with Adaklu District to the South, Afadjato South District to the North, Ho Municipality and the Republic of Togo to the East and South Dayi District to the West.
According to the 2010 Population and Housing Census about 6 per cent of the District’s total population has one form of disability or the other with a proportion of 6.3 per cent of the female population who are disabled as against male population disabled of 5.7 per cent.
Further, the most common disability is Sight with 47.1 per cent for both males and females through the proportions affected vary between the two sexes. For those with a disability, the majority of them constituting 52.3 per cent are economically active.
Also, 51.2 per cent of people with disability are employed as against 1.3 per cent who is unemployed.
In addition to that about 30.2 per cent of the disabled population has never been to school and only 10.5 per cent of the disabled population has either Junior or Senior High school.
This, Newton, said he is determined to change the narrative and appealed to electorates to give him the opportunity to serve.
He stated that “It’s terrible to watch my fellow brothers and sisters being neglected to their fate either abled or disabled. We need to end this now.”
Newton also called for a continuous public education campaign to destigmatize albinism awareness drives.
He appeared to be the only person with albinism within Ho West running for the local government office in a bid to tackle the stigma and outmoded customs.
The GAPA Executive Director said he had not faced any form of discrimination while campaigning and expressed optimism of winning the local elections.
Source: therepublinewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba