A mentally sound Francis in his shamba after being rehabilitated by caritas mental health programme.

A mentally sound Francis in his shamba after being rehabilitated by caritas mental health programme.

Francis Gichuki Kalika from Kieni East Nyeri County,a mentally ill man finally gets justice done through the help of Caritas Nyeri mental health programme supported by open society initiative of Eastern Africa.

The government has honored the case of Francis which was taken to court through a lawyer hired by the Programme. This was in pursuit of justice where Francis was terminated indiscriminately from his employment as a driver when he developed mental illness in May 2005.

On termination, Francis was he given his terminal benefits as required by law.This subjected him and his family of 11 into abject poverty since he was the sole bread winner. It wasn’t until 2012 when Caritas Nyeri Mental Health Programme got to know his case through Kabati Mental health support which Francis is a member.

As we speak the government has accepted to pay Francis his full salary from June 2005 up to May 2014 when the case was concluded. Francis will also get a retirement package and will enjoy a monthly pension like all other civil servants employed by the Kenyan government until his death. Francis has already received his salary arrears and his children have gone back to school. He is putting up a decent family house.

Francis case is an example of the many cases of stigmatization and human rights violation going on in the society merely on grounds of sickness. We must join hands and fight for their human rights since they too are human beings and they are entitlement to these rights.

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