Kenyan Counties can be drivers of the disability inclusion agenda

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As Kenya and United Kingdom gears towards the global summit in London on 24th July 2018.
The Kenya disability sector should ask itself are there benefits of devolution towards changing lives of persons with disabilities?
Since the rise of devolution there has been a big deliberation among different policy makers and stakeholders in the disability industry.
This is certainly, the big elephant, there has been push and pull of trying to agree where should the disability services be.
Some policy makers claim the counties should take responsibilities while other policy makers claim it should remain at the national level.
It seems there has not been agreed way forward.
Despite the big debate, we need to ask critically how can we first track the disability mainstreaming and inclusion agenda?
Should the national government change its role on disability by providing standards through monitoring and evaluation?
The diffent policy makers can address this noble issue in order to ensure persons with disabilities are served better and nearer to their locality as envisaged in the constitution.
In many of other jurisdiction where Kenya has emulated its constitution and policies disability services have been devolved and all agencies have disability mainstreaming agenda on their tray.
Countries like United Kingdom, united states of America and Australia are living examples of how persons with disabilities have greatly benefited from the decentralized service delivery execution model.
Surprisingly, Counties are well funded and are able to muscle resources towards different areas of which persons with disabilities participate.
For example, road construction, health sector etc through this issue of accessibility communication can be addressed.
That being the case, we all understand that the leaders in government are about making policy which must be taken care of by the implementers and which
we citizens have to go along with unless they hurt our existence. It is a relief and edifying,
therefore, to hear leaders talking about disability inclusion It would, of course, help a lot if in all these things there is more public participation in raising the voice of disabled persons.
I do here by opine that counties can be the game changer in disability inclusion agenda.
For instance, the counties of Makueni, Uasingishu and Nandi have taken drastic measures to improve employment and procurement opportunities for persons with disabilities.
I have no evidence about what is happening in 44 counties but, in the case of 3 counties, we certainly have a demonstration of the fact that if led with
the interest of Kenyans at heart, counties can in fact be effective drivers of the disability inclusion agenda.
Paul Mugambi is a senior public policy consultant and a social discourse commentator.