Parliament. The Speaker of Parliament yesterday announced plans by the Parliamentary Commission to lead a drive for the construction of a one stop community centre for people with albinism.
Speaking at a press conference launching the Parliamentary Health Week, Ms Rebecca Kadaga said the decision to lead the drive for the community centre is part of Parliament’s outreach to the public.
“People with albinism are vulnerable,” she said. “We want a centre where they can come and be assisted.”
Ms Kadaga further said the more than 5,000 albinos in the country are highly marginalised and that Parliament has not only chosen to take lead in highlighting their plight and make it the mainstream of government planning but also ensured the removal of taxes from the special creams used by people with albinism.
Speaking at the press conference, Ms Olive Namutebi, the executive director of African Albino Foundation said: “… We are glad that globally governments are starting to recognise our plight and we also think that we have benefited from the people’s parliament by this gesture (of the community centre).”
In the region, Albinism is rampant in Tanzania where they represent one in every 1,429 births, a much higher rate than in any other nation. People with albinism have been persecuted in some part of Uganda and neighbouring East African countries with the belief that their body parts can transmit magical powers.
The Parliamentary health week will be the signature outreach programme for the 10th Parliament. The events start on February 5 and will run for five days under the theme; “Engaging the public in a people centred Parliament.”