The disability community in Kenya is mourning the death of nominated MCA Godliver Omondi, a tireless advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities.
While confirming her death, Kakamega Deputy Governor Ayub Savula said that the MCA died at Agha Khan Hospital Kisumu after a short illness.
“She was admitted to the ICU wing on Saturday after suffering from high blood pressure and diabetes but succumbed today (Monday) at 6 pm,” he said.
Known for her warm heart and passion for social justice, Omondi made significant strides in promoting the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all spheres of life.
In 2013, Omondi introduced a bill in the Senate to create disability regional boards in all counties. This bill was passed into law, and it has helped to ensure that the needs of persons with disabilities are addressed at the local level.
Omondi is also a passionate advocate for education and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. She has worked to secure funding for scholarships and job training programs, and she has also lobbied for policies that promote inclusion in the workplace.
Despite the fact that senators do not have funds set aside for projects, Omondi regularly used her money to help those in need. She often traveled all over the country to meet with governors and other development partners to push for friendly policies for persons with disabilities.