Representation of disability in the media: A review of Kenyan newspaper reports of 2015-2016



disability, human rights, media


Throughout history many societies have dealt poorly with disability. In Kenya, persons who have different types of disabling conditions have been excluded or isolated from mainstream society and denied opportunities due to a belief that they may be dangerous and not capable of participating in any meaningful activities. They are denied access to opportunities due to lack of knowledge and cultural beliefs. Even with Kenya having signed and ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and included these rights in the Constitution in 2010, many cases of injustices continue to pop up in the media. This study was a review of newspaper articles for the year 2015 and 2016 on representation of {dis}ability in two Kenyan newspapers - The Standard and the Daily Nation. In the study, existence of negative attitudes, violence, sexual harassment, limited financial support and weak policies were noted. Isolation from society leading to stigmatization was also noted to occur thus making it is hard for people living with a disability to learn daily living skills and integrate in society. Finally, implementation of policies that provide for access to opportunities by those with disabilities at County level of government continues to slow full implementation of policies on disability.


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Aboo, A. (2015, November 22). Beyond disability – school for the deaf produces scouting champions. Nation, pp. 5

Aboo, A. (2015, December 22). How eight women are beating disability with a clear vision. The Standard, pp., 50

Adhiambo, M. (2015, October 14). Frail woman recounts job horror in Saudi Arabia. The Standard, pp,3.

Amalemba, R. (2015, October 2). Deaf students will not fare well in exams. The Standard, 34

Arich, G. (2016 July 27). I may be disabled but am still able. The Standard pp.2.

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BBC (2015, November 27). Trump under fire for making fun of disabled US reporter. The Standard. Pp. 47.

Beja, P. (2016 October 26). Disabled seek tax relief The Standard pp. 17.

Beja, P. (2016 April 1). MCA wants disabled allowed to trade in town. Nation pp32.

Benyawa, L. (2015, November, 10). Firms may soon be forced to hire two disabled people. The

Standard pp, 15.

Brice, M. (2016 July 10). Albinos in Africa face more risk, deserve extra care to live long. The

Standard pp. 6.

Bwayo, P. (2015a, December 17). Sexual abuse against disabled girls slammed. Nation – pp,

Bwayo, P. (2015b, December 8). Assembly member calls for data on the disabled. Nation pp,

Bwayo, P. (2016a, May18). Ensure Disabled get education, county told. Nation pp27.

Bwayo, P. (2016b June18). NGOs council lobbies for special schools. Nation pp22.

Chege, A. (2016a May 16). Special exam for disabled in the works. Nation pp.3.

Chege, N. (2016b May 5). Pilot kicked me out says disabled doctor. Nation pp9.

Chemweno, B. (2015, October 2). Mentally handicapped girl gives birth to a baby boy after

sexually abused. The Standard pp,15

Chemweno, B (2016 October 2). Mother says her mentally handicapped dropped out of school

of special needs. The Standard pp. 15.

Clube, P. (2016 July 26). Am haunted by Reeva’s Killing. Nation, pp.44.

Datiah, J. (2016 August 13). Giving disabled people a watch. Nation pp.5.

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DNA (2015, October 22nd). Paralympics - Runner shrugs off “Blade babe“tag. Nation, pp,xx

DNA (2016a, April, 20th). People with special needs. Daily Nation, pp.19.

DNA (2016b, August, 17). Ability beyond disability. Daily Nation, pp.13

FP reporter. (2016 June 13). Paralympics – Kenya seek appeal over classification. The

Standard pp. 61.

Gicobi, M. (2016, January 20). Deaf student given 1.5M Scholarship. Nation, pp6.

Gikandi, B. (2015, December 5). Murang’a County governor speaks to the disabled. The

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Inibanga, D. (2016 July 20). Disabled seeks front nominee to party list. Nation pp26.

Jebet, V. (2016a July 12). MPs calls for disabled to register. Nation pp.26.

Jebet, V. (2016b July 4). Disabled people are hidden misstep. Nation pp.24.

Johannesburg, (2016 November 15). Pistorius moved to special needs prison. Nation pp30.

Kabunyi, F (2016 July 18). Old man whose wheelchair goes one way. The Standard pp.18. . Kajilwa, G. (2015, September 21). Disabled allege negligence by government. The Standard


Kajilwa, R. (2016 June 15). Burden of special problems breaking up families. The Standard


Kamu, M. (2015a, October 19). MPs roots for special kitty for the disabled. The Standard pp,17

Kamu, M. (2015b, December 14). Disabled tell assembly of their neglect. The standard pp,23

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Keti, J. (2015, December 7). Disabled on training to manage Ksh. 5M budget. Nation pp,26

Kibor, F. (2016 June 18). Counties criticized for neglecting special groups. The standard, pp.3.

Kipsang. W (2016 May 13). Deaf trained on how to fill tax return. Nation pp27.

Koech, F. (2015, October 26). Do not hide the disabled children, parents told. Nation pp,xx Koech, F (2016 May 17). Policeman refuses to bury disabled daughter. Nation pp., 22.

Komu, N. (2016 May 29). Disabled gets over 5M for businesses. Nation pp. 10.

Kosgei, S. (2016 July 12). AP’s bullet 14 years ago made me disabled. The standard pp.34.)

Koskei, S. (2015, December 11). Persons with disabilities decry bad buildings. The Standard

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Macharia, D. (2015, November 25). Reps want census of disabled children. Daily Nation pp,23

Macharia, D (2016a May 16). Help children’s home, aspirants urge county. Nation pp26.

Macharia, D. (2016b November 5). Anxiety as special need teachers miss allowance. Nation


Machuka, E. (2016 November 7). Elder council asked to include disabled. Nation p21.

Matara, E. (2015, October 22). Employers face fine for ill-treating the disabled. Nation pp,18

Matara. E (2016 July 18). Disabled to boycott exams warns council. Nation pp.52.

Mbae, D. (2015a, December 10). Is your building accessible to the disabled? The Standard pp,3

Mbae, D. (2015b, November 25). Stop stigmatizing the disabled, Ndathi says. The Standard


Mbula, R. (2015, December 8). Enact laws to support disabled, counties told. Nation pp,19

Mkanyika, L. (2016 November 15). Go for funds youth and disabled told. Nation pp24.

Mswati, M. (2015, October 12). Woman fulfills lifelong wish of becoming blind, says she’s very

happy. The Standard pp,11

Muchiri, J. (2015a, November 28). Despite being on a wheelchair. The Standard pp,16

Muchiri, J. (2015b, November 28). Mom’s Gakuru at his nursery. The Standard pp,24

Muchiri, J. (2015c, October 7). No hand-outs please. The Standard – pp 11

Mukangu, M. (2015, December 18). Wheelchair tennis team set for cup qualifiers. Nation pp,50

Munene, G. (2015, December 7). Ksh. 3M set aside to pay NHIF dues for the disabled. Nation


Muraya, W. (2015, December 5). Persons with disability to benefit from 20M kitty. The standard


Muraya, W. (2016 July 10). Bright prospect beyond Loice’s Dark world. The Standard pp10.

Muregi, C. (2015, November 4). Blindness did not dim his vision. The Standard pp,11

Muriithi, I. (2015, October 14). Disabled say umbrella body has neglected them. Nation pp,20

Murithi, O. (2016 July 20). Parents urged to list their disabled children. Nation pp26.

Musa, K. (2015, December 16). Kenya re-gives the disabled a lease of life through the Niko Fiti

campaign. The Standard pp,23

Muthoni, S. (2015a, December 11). Cries of women and girls with disability. The Standard pp,11

Muthoni, S. (2015b, December 8) Disability status. The Standard pp,11

Mwangi, B. (2016a April 13). Ease access to buildings to disabled says MCA. Nation pp22.

Mwangi, M. (2016b May 9). Abandoned Mental patients bog down hospital. Nation pp., 12.

Mwarania, J. (2015, November 10). Niko Fiti CSR programme. The Standard pp, 17.

Mwenja, I (2016 May 17). Mental illness is not a ritual killing. Nation pp16.

Ngirachu, J. (2015, December 7). Footbridge for the disabled. Nation pp, 3

Njaaga, D. (2015, November 19). Empowering the disabled. The standard pp,8

Njoroge, K. (2015, November 25). IEBC targets the disabled for 2017general elections. The

Standard pp,26

Nyamai, F. (2015, September 22). Have bursaries for the disabled. The Standard pp, 23.

Nyarora, H. (2016 June 4). Elderly, disabled to get monthly stipend. Nation pp. 19.

Nzuma, V. (2015, October 12). Stop hiding disabled children. The Standard – pp,29.

Obira, M. (2015, December 8). Measures taken to help the disabled. Nation – pp,22

Ochai, A. (2016 April 20). Plan for special education welcome. Nation pp16.

Ochieng’, D. (2015, September 18). Physically handicapped man begs. The Standard pp, 16.

Ochieng’, D. (2015, November 2nd). Paralympics federation appeals to the government for

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Odero, D. (2015, October 25). Disability Law. The standard pp,7.

Oduor, C. (2015, October 19). Beneficiary of a wheelchair to ex-soldier Joshua Okello. The

Standard pp, 27.

Ogembo, B. (2015, December 7). Hasten changes to law on disabled, House is told, Daily

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Okeyo, D. (2015, December 10). Listen to cries of paraplegic athletes. The Standard pp,41

Oloo, A. (2016, January 18). Make buildings accessible for disabled. Nation, PP24.

Olube, P. (2016 July 7). Pistorius in dramatic fall from Olympic glory. Nation pp.26.

Oluta, S. (2016, January 18). 100 of disabled get 1.2 M wheelchairs. Nation, pp. 25.

Omboki, A. (2015, December 10). Buildings not friendly to us, the disabled say. Nation pp,24

Omollo, K. (2015, December 7). Groups want stake in Luo Council to fight discrimination against

disabled. The Standard pp,24

Omulo, C. (2016 July 20). Kenyan make history by winning 2016 deaf title. Nation pp3.

Ongaji, P. (2015, December 8). Mobile app to link the disabled with employers. Nation pp,48

Ongwae, S. (2016, January 16). Persons with disability in protest. The Standard, pp29.

Openda, J. (2016 May 18). Man denies raping mentally ill person. Nation pp26.

Otieno, W. (2016a august 30). Clinic for disabled get 1.9 M. Nation, pp25.

Otieno, E. (2016b November 30). Disabled camp at governor’s gate over cash. Nation pp26.

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PSCU (2015, December 16). Give children with disabilities a chance – first lady. The Standard


Psirmoi, D. (2016 June 13). Help us educate disabled children. The standard, pp.12.

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Sayagie, G. (2016 May 30). Disabled man charged for defrauding county. Nation pp.8.

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TSA (2015a, December 14th). Calls for equity in tenders for special groups. The Standard, pp,3

TSA (2015b, November 1st). Niko fiti and Ability Beyond Disability. The Standard, pp, 9

TSA (2015c, November 2nd). Disabled seek Ksh. 1Billion support fund. The Standard, pp, 2

TSA (2016a, May, 4). Disabled opposes ministry control of their 1.2b. The Standard, pp.17

TSA (2016b, June, 18). Disability friendly offices to get compliance certificate. The Standard, pp.

Wambui, M. (2016 June 13). Disabled get 187M equipment. Nation pp., 26.

Wanyoro, C (2016 June 13). Introduce sign language to school PS says. Nation, pp.12.

Wanyoro, C. (2015, December 21st). Set up funds for the disabled, assembly told. Nation pp,20

Wanyoro, C. (2016 August 26). 400 disabled set to be allocated land in Mwea. Nation PP.26.

Wesonga. (2016 may 16). Disabled have key role in society. Nation pp16.



How to Cite

Bukhala, P. W. (2022). Representation of disability in the media: A review of Kenyan newspaper reports of 2015-2016. Research Journal in Advanced Humanities, 3(4).