Author Mugambi Paul
The views expressed here are for the author and do not represent any agency or organization.
Mugambi Paul is a public policy, diversity, inclusion and sustainability expert.
Australian Chief Minister Award winner
“excellence of making inclusion happen”
there is a growing need to ensure those most
vulnerable are not left behind in public participation [2019 constitution, uncrpd 2006 and SDG 2015].
In particular, the Kenyan census 2019 indicate there are 2.2 % Kenyans who have disabilities.
Never the less, this data is highly disputed by both policy makers and Kenyans with disabilities.
For many and varied reasons, Kenyans with disabilities are highly
vulnerable and continue to face multifaceted modes of discrimination.
Additionally, Covid 2019 has even made the situation worse.
for instance, during this pandemic for one, Kenyans with disabilities are more
likely to experience pre-existing health conditions that put them at a higher risk
of illness and death due to COVID-19. They are also more likely to fall in to cracks within the
category of low-income earners, this is affirmed by the deplorable living conditions most have lived to experience.
Most studies have shown that Kenyans with disabilities are often excluded from receiving public services and cannot even afford the basic social services.
This is also disproportionately triggered by the existence of multidimensional factors
Who will spearhead the much-needed transformation?
Who will offer social justice to the 45th Tribe of Kenyans? will Kenya have a disability strategy?
Historically, 13th October will remain the defining moment in Kenya. Out of 58 applicants for the position of executive director only 8 made to the top after the closure on September 7th 2020.
The Kenyan disability space is highly expectant.
Disability desegregated Data analysis:
According to my data analysis persons with disabilities who made their applications showed 63.5 % out of the 58 were persons with disabilities.
25 were persons with physical disabilities.
7 were person with visual disabilities.
3 were deaf persons
One person had albinism
Out of 88 16 were females.
We were not able to ascertain persons with psychosocial or intellectual impairments
I also take this chance to congratulate the youthful Richard, Wanja and Mercy for representing our generation.
You shall live to fight another day.
What do Kenyans with disabilities want?
As a public policy diversity and inclusion expert I have persistently said Kenyan needs to actually adapt simple, simless, and tested strategies which do not actually require much resources but administratively can change lives of Kenyans with disabilities.
For example, ensuring adaptation of the human right model approach on disabilities since I believe Kenyans with disabilities have rights not just needs.
Secondly exterminate the medical model of assessing persons with disability and adapt assessment based on functional capabilities and ensure decentralization of the registration process.
Thirdly, Slacken disability mainstreaming and job placements.
This will be the beginning of real transformation to the lives of Kenyans with disabilities.
Moreover, Being and indigenous rural based think tank I believe this will ensure enhanced access of public services to all persons with disabilities.
I believe the greater engagement with organization of persons with disabilities, self-advocates will be of paramount.
Will the next disability boss reduce the 12 crimes of being disabled in Kenya?
Check out March 18th 2019 blog:
Who will be the 4th NCPWD boss?
The 8 persons who made to the date with destiny day are as follows:
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- Wisdom Kazungu Mwamburi
- Joywin Chepkemoi Sang
- Peter Sibale Musakhi
- Patrick Mumo Muinde
- James Kariuki Ndwiga
- Harun Maalim Hassan
- Simon Nyamola Owawa
All in all, this will be a new chapter for transforming a new Kenyan disability strategy full of aspirations, actualizing dreams of many Kenyans with disabilities and expanding the Kenyan national cake to the largest minority of Kenyans.
Will persons with disabilities start to live their lives based on the individual autonomy and choices they make?
May the best man or woman serve the sector.