Mr. Ambrose Murangira is running for Uganda’s Parliament! But he does not want to run for the seat reserved for persons with disabilities he is running for the Youth Seat instead. “I do not want to be defined by my disability.” We sat and talked through an interpreter for hours over African spicy tea. I learned how after a bad case of the measles he became deaf at a very young age. Ambrose has been a leader for equal rights for deaf persons all his life and at 28, he is currently the Chairperson for the Uganda National Association of the Deaf. From his incredibly positive attitude you would think that he had never encountered any adversity. I found him incredibly inspiring. He spoke about how there has been a lot of legislation for persons with disabilities though little money and little action by the Ugandan Ministry of Health or Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Affairs. I hope that his campaign succeeds and that he will create legislation that forces the Ugandan government to live up to its promises. The primary election is this month. Good luck Ambrose!
Posted By Christine Marie Carlson
Posted Jun 22nd, 2010