Should governments offer cash award for marriage by persons with a disability to a person yet to be disabled? Author Mugambi Paul.

Some nations in Asia and some African countries have started to embrace support by governments to offer cash awards for marriages by persons with disabilities and persons yet to be disabled.
Moreover, in some countries it has been a practice done through religion.
Some say it is enhancing inclusion while others say it’s an exclusion of an already marginalized persons with disabilities by interfering with the individual choices and autonomy.
In other words, religion has been crucial in promoting marriages among persons with disabilities to persons who are yet to be disabled. In some cultures, this seemed to be practiced in order to secure the unmarried individuals with disabilties although this was not correctly celebrated like other marriages.

It seems now some government want to emulate this practice.
IA’s disability sage maker there are pertinent questions we need to discuss and through the YouTube channel you shall get to learn allot.
For example,

give cash award of `2.5 lakh to a persons yet to be disabled for marrying a Person
with Disability (PwD). BHUBANESWAR: In a bid to promote social harmony, Odisha Government
has decided to give cash award of 2.5 lakh to persons yet to be disabled for
marrying a Person with Disability (PwD). The Social Security and
Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SSEPD) department has
floated a new scheme that promises an incentive of Rs 2.5 lakh to be
provided for the wedding between a person who is yet to b e disabled irrespective of
category of disability and a PwD so as to mainstream the latter in the
society.
While the ST/SC Development department has already announced the cash incentive of `2.5 lakh for marriage between SC/ST and other caste, earlier the government was paying `50,000 for the marriage between PwDs. “The enhanced incentive will enable the couple to lead a normal and dignified life and also encourage people to marry a PwD,” said an official of SSPED.
As decided, the financial incentive will be given to the newlywed couple after proper scrutiny. To avail the reward, the bridegroom and bride must have completed 21 and 18 years of age respectively at the time of marriage and either of spouses must have not availed the incentive award under the scheme earlier. The marriage must have been dowry free.
The couple has to apply for it along with their marriage registration certificate. The incentive amount will remain fixed in the joint account of the couple and they can withdraw under joint signature after three years.

Sighted persons ask: What is braille? Author Mugambi Paul

Fortunately, being blind myself and with my lived social interactions with different individuals and levels.
Many have asked me severally how does a blind person communicate, access or deliver information.
When I tell them that I am grateful for our hero and father Mr. Louis they are surprised.
They don’t know if it wasn’t for him, I would be hidden somewhere in a cage or even a beggar in one of the markets in my country of origin.
As a global citizen I pay tribute to Mr. Louis who ensured that those who have seeing difficulties can be able to participate in the competitive world in all spheres of life.
Braille is a system used by people who are visually impaired to write and read. The Braille system was invented by Louis Braille, who was blind at early ages but good at learning. In 1825, inspired by a military code used by soldiers to communicate at night without lights, he invented the nonlinear writing system. In Braille’s system, each letter consists of six dot positions arranged in two columns with three dots each. Different letters are represented by the numbers and positions of raised dots. It should be noted that the first ten letters of the alphabet in Braille system also represent 10 digits, namely, 1 to nine and 0. So how do you differentiate a digit or a letter in text? Well, there is a special symbol called “Number Follows”, which always precedes a symbol that indicating a digit. These is also another symbol called “Capital Letter” that functions similarly, indicating the following letter is in capital. Lets meeti in the disability Sausage YouTube channel for much more.
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Mugambi Paul is a public policy, diversity, inclusion and sustainability expert.
Australian Chief Minister Award winner
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Why the down under Aare already in the new year 2021? Author MUGAMBI Paul

Why the down under Aare already in the new year 2021?
Author MUGAMBI Paul
Hi consumers of my platform and those who enjoy he disability sausage:
,
I want to wish you a happy New Year!
May 2021 be filled with lots of love, health, happiness, and achieved goals.
I truly wish that for you, readers and listeners.
But remember…
This won’t just randomly happen.
You need to plan for it, put in the effort, and keep working on yourself.
No one is going to hand success to you in 2021. It’s all you.
You have to be proactive about it.
One thing I always do at the end of the year to ensure I’m proactive about my goals, growth, and performance, is to take some time for planning & reflection.
First, I look back on the year to see what lessons I’ve learned, what I’ve done right, and where I can improve for the next year.
Here are a few questions I’ve asked myself in the past few days:
• What did I learn this year? How did this year make me stronger and better?
• What 3-5 tasks and projects gave me the best business/financial results?
• What were my main sources of negativity and unhappiness?
• What were my main sources of positivity and happiness?
These questions help me shine a light on what I should do more and less of in the next year.
This helps to avoid the same energy-drainers year after year, while it also helps to stay focused on the things that significantly add to my health, happiness, and business success.
Then, I take the time to think about the next year. I mean, how can you expect to have your most successful year if you don’t plan for it?
Therefore, I ask myself the following questions:
• What will my main intention be for this year?
• If I could only achieve one goal this year, what would it be?
• Which tasks, projects, and activities should I focus more on for optimal health, wealth, and business success?
• How can I make sure all of the above will actually be done and doesn’t just stay a wish? (for example, already plan certain tasks & activities in your schedule, reach out to an accountability partner, already commit to things by paying for it, signing up, making appointments, etc.)
These are the questions I’ve been asking myself these past days, and I highly encourage you to do something similar!
Remember, 2021 won’t magically become your most successful year.
You have to plan for it, put in the effort, and keep working on yourself.
You got this.
To Your Most Successful Year,

I believe in diversity and inclusion.

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Mugambi Paul is a public policy, diversity, inclusion and sustainability expert.
Australian Chief Minister Award winner
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Why Kenya doesn’t deserve another Mathare Mental hospital! Author: Paul Mugambi

In 2017, the CRPD Committee adopted general comment No. 5 on Article 19 on living independently and being included in the community, which clearly stated the obligation of States Parties to adopt a plan for deinstitutionalization, including the closure of current institutions and not to build new ones. Yet, without quality community services and support for parents, institutions are seen to provide better care than children with disabilities would receive at home.
By drawing on the experiences of parents, advocates, NGOs, and public officials, this is due to the November pronouncement by Kenya that it has budgeted for a new modern mental health institution instead of strengthening families. In the latest Kenyan escapades, the duty bearers are ensuring that persons with psycosocial disabilities do not access community empowerment activities by pushing the agenda of institutionalization!
Is this what organizations of persons with disabilities in Kenya want?
Are these the thoughts of care giver of persons with intellectual and psycosocial disabilities?
Has the current Mathare hospital served its purpose and now we want a modern and larger institution?
It’s not just enough to take back the gains of the individuals, advocates and care givers of persons with disabilities.!
Let’s meet on disability sausage YouTube channel as we up pack why community related solutions are more beneficial than the idea of institutionalization of persons with psychosocial disabilities.
They are individuals with rights and deserve the best.
Defending the rights of the already marginalized groups with a sector is not an easy ride.
We need to have a debate!

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Mugambi Paul is a public policy, diversity, inclusion and sustainability expert.
Australian Chief Minister Award winner
“excellence of making inclusion happen”

Will the SDGS be relevant after the Covid pandemic?

Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic overwhelmingly has negatively impacted persons with disabilities in various ways. Historical inequalities have resurfaced, discrimination has increased, and the push for inclusion has become more challenging. Dialogues on leaving no one behind, reaching the furthest behind first and inclusion in the pandemic world are largely being neglected or not a priority. This poses the fundamental question for persons with disabilities: is it still important to advocate to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals? Moreover, will the Goals and targets be instrumental to build a better, more inclusive and equal world for all?
#Covid_19: you have transformed the globe like never before!
Will the organizations of persons with disabilities sustain the demand for implementation of global commitments by the duty bearers?

Let’s meet on disability sausage maker YouTube channel for more insights!

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Mugambi Paul is a public policy, diversity, inclusion and sustainability expert.
Australian Chief Minister Award winner
“excellence of making inclusion happen”

Is Safaricom the Kenyan Giant ready for this challenge? Author: Paul M. Mugambi

WhatsApp Payments is now available with ICICI Bank, SBI, HDFC for all users in India.
The Facebook-owned messaging app has partnered with banks including State Bank of India, HDFC, ICICI and Axis Bank.
WhatsApp was granted approval by NPCI to go live in November 2020.

Days after its announcement, WhatsApp Payments is now available with ICICI Bank, SBI, HDFC for all users in India. The Facebook-owned messaging app has partnered with banks including State Bank of India, HDFC, ICICI and Axis Bank. to make the feature available for Indian users. WhatsApp was granted approval by NPCI to go live in November 2020. The payment method will let WhatsApp users transfer and receive money on the platform.

Talking about the partnership with banks, Abhijit Bose, Head of WhatsApp, India said, “We’re excited and privileged to partner with State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, and AXIS Bank to bring simple and secure digital payments to WhatsApp users across India. UPI is a transformative service and we jointly have the opportunity to bring the benefits of our digital economy and financial inclusion to a large number of users who have not had full access to them before.”

Bijith Bhaskar, head, digital channels and partnership at ICICI Bank has said that over the months more than two million users have adopted banking services on WhatsApp. “Keeping the convenience in mind, we introduced banking services on WhatsApp in April. The initiative helped our customers bank conveniently and remotely without visiting the branch during the pandemic. We have seen an encouraging response from our customers. Over two million users have adopted banking services on WhatsApp in this short span. Now with WhatsApp Payments, there is a unique opportunity to scale essential financial services to people all over the country with ease,” he said.

Here is how you can enable the feature on your phone

— If you have not received the WhatsApp Payments feature despite updating the app, you need to look for someone who has the Payments feature enabled on their phones.
— Ask the user with a payment feature to send you a “payment notification” in your chat. A payment notification can be sent by tapping on Payments in the chat sharing options
— When you receive a payment notification from the contact, WhatsApp will ask you to set up your payment account.
— Once you click on the “Set Up” option you will be able to create a payments account on WhatsApp.

“We’ve been working on this with the National Payments Corporation of India, who oversee everything to make sure it’s secure and reliable. And we’ve built it using India’s Unified Payments Interface, which makes it easy for anyone to instantly accept payments across different apps — and for companies to provide people with great services,” Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg had said about the launch.

WhatsApp has rolled out the feature in Brazil and India but the feature would be available in Mexico, UK, Spain and Europe in the future.
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Business leadership should lift the standard of Kenyans with disabilities Author Mugambi Paul Opinions expressed here are of my own.

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”

It’s time to end the mass exclusion of 15% of the global population with a disability] Sharon 2017, HI 2018 UNDP 2018.] This mass exclusion cannot be left to Governments and charities
alone, it needs the most powerful force on the planet, business leadership. CEOs make choices and choices create cultures] world economic forum 2019.

Fortunately, being a public scholar, am only too familiar with this, having seen the birth and having been instrumental in the quest of the Kenyans persons with disability act, which I don’t remember us celebrating any of its last 17th birthdays.
I am glad that the persons with disability act exist. In other words, I am happy in a measured way since it took more than 10 years of struggle from 1993 to be enacted after the Kibaki road accident.
Actually, the progress of implementation has been slow and tumultuous. Furthermore, it has taken 17 good years for the Kenya business crew to form a Kenya disability business network to champion employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.
With the coming up of global commitment we have also evidently seen the launch of NCPWD career portal which will be a great gateway for employees with disabilities and also a platform for employers.
This is one of the great enablers for economic freedom for persons with disabilities.
Will we have a clear roadmap and monitoring of the employment of persons with disabilities?
Many studies affirm Persons with disabilities contribute great value when it comes to their productivity, and diversity of lived experience and thought to their employers
– bringing a competitive advantage to their businesses.
Additionally, in my pursuit of the policy issues which I have dedicated my career to, including those relating to disability inclusion, I have established
the Disability sausage YouTube channel for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement, a non-partisan YouTube channel.
We shall be engaging on this and much more.
All in all, the treasury audit of persons with disabilities will be the key of unlocking the execution of the yet to be reappealed act. Thus, informing future policy statements

Exploring depression angles from the disability mirror:

Exploring depression angles from the disability mirror:
Author
Mugambi Paul is a public policy, diversity, inclusion and sustainability expert.
Australian Chief Minister Award winner
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Depression isn’t always suicide notes and pill bottles.
It’s also…

– Being emotionally distant

– Skipping work to sleep

– Overeating or not eating at all

– Social isolation

– Spending all day in bed

Although we generally think of depression as sadness,

depression is actually more of a syndrome consisting

of many symptoms related to sadness.

It’s something that a lot of us face at some point in our lives,

or it can be an ongoing struggle. But it no longer has to win!

Luckily, there are lots of actions we can take to lessen the severity of depression!

We can make small but meaningful changes to our body, mind and environment.

That means that each of us has the power to improve our quality of life.

But, what exactly, should we do?

We shall join the Disability YouTube channel for more

Africa should rise to the digital Market:

“The rise of assistive devices: How tech is helping people with disabilities”
Author Mugambi Paul Opinions expressed by Disability sausage maker are my own. Mugambi Paul is a public policy, diversity, inclusion and sustainability expert.
Australian Chief Minister Award winner
“excellence of making inclusion happen”

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills are fundamental to really participate in modern society. ]carol 2020, caa 207” The Entelis+ project was born to facilitate inclusion of persons with disabilities by providing them with adequate digital skills.
With over a billion people (about 15 per cent of the world’s
population) having some form of disability, according to WHO, it
becomes important for tech companies to create their products with
accessibility features in mind. As awareness towards assistive
technology (AT) is growing, major tech companies and young startups
are either creating special hardware products or incorporating
software features designed to address the needs of individuals with
disabilities. Here are some of the best examples of assistive tech
designed to address the day to day barriers faced by people with
disabilities.
Xbox Adaptive Controller
The Xbox Adaptive Controller has been designed for gamers with
disabilities. The controller, which looks like an old-school white
box, features two large black buttons that can be reprogrammed, and a
smaller steering button. The rectangular-shaped controller features
dozens of 3.5mm jacks round the back that connect to a number of
external switches, buttons, mounts, and joysticks. The Xbox Adaptive
Controller is wireless in nature with a built-in rechargeable battery
but it can also work with a wired USB connection. The controller can
be used with Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs and is priced at Rs
8539. Time Magazine named Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller as one
of the best inventions of 2018.
iPhone 12 Pro let see a blind how close another person is
The recently launched iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max have a LiDAR
scanner that helps a blind person detect how close other people are.
The new “People Detection” feature, which has been rolled as part of
iOS 14.2, takes advantage of the iPhone 12 Pro’s LiDAR scanner to
detect how close others are from the user who has low vision issues. A
LiDAR scanner can be used to measure the distance to objects in a
room. The scanner has been primarily used to improve augmented reality
experiences, but Apple is thinking in a whole new direction to use a
3D sensor as assistive technology to help individuals who are experiencing low vision.

Is the BBI cake disabled? 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”

 

 

The journey of transformation or making reforms to a nationhood takes time and commitment amongst the citizenry.

The process should inculcate the basic fundamentals of inclusivity(CAROL 2018).

What happens when the largest minority in Kenya is excluded?

The analysis and all aspects lead to a continuous marginalization which has existed for a long time.

As a public policy scholar and a person who has immensely contributed to 2nd liberation of Kenya and more so has seen the entry and the survival of the Kenyan disability sector.

I affirm it’s a torturous journey to make reforms or change the mindset.

With the existence of discrimination, structural barriers and lack of engagement at the main table. I opine the BBI report has not even given us the bread crumps which exist in the current 2010 constitution but ensured it has snatched everything from the disability community.

The mention of issues of persons with disabilities is just for cosmetic purposes.

Why are policy makers conducting a 3rd killing of the already downtroded persons?

Were they finishing the work which was conducted by the Kenya bureau of statistics in 2019 of reducing our numbers?

Congrats to the organization of persons with disabilities who have strongly come up to defend our rights as envisaged in the constitution 2010, UNCRPD and other human rights treaty bodies which Kenya is a signatory.

I wish if the BBI report would have made a recommendation to allocate budget to prevent rise and increase of disabilities. Furthermore, the government is not able to maintain the small number in its service delivery.

I highly note if a survey was conducted today among persons with disabilities the results will be compelling. Most persons with disabilities would prefer if the government to take away the disablement so that they can enjoy just like the yet to be disabled persons.

Most persons with disabilities in Kenya live in undignified manner and face multifaceted discrimination as they seek services. They are the ones in the slums, in the rural places and are not even aware of the BBI drama. Will the disability narrative change? for those silent friend of disabled, government entities (Mungu anawaona)

On the other hand, I believe the government is testing the waters, the real BBI is not yet out. The BBI will be inclusive.

EXPERTS OPINION ON DISABILITY BBI The following Memorandum has been authored by experts based on best practises in the globe. We shall demonstrate how to advance the rights of persons with disabilities based on human rights model.

The following Memorandum has been authored by experts based on best practises in the globe.  We shall demonstrate how to advance the rights of persons with disabilities based on human rights model.

This Memorandum Its also informed by the lived experiences and collection of views from persons with disabilities.

We therefore seek to offer our technical expertise.

Paul Mugambi is a public policy diversity Inclusion and sustainability expert while

DR Siyat is an independent disability consultant.

 

To the Joint Secretaries,

 Ambassador Martin Kimani, Mr. Paul Mwangi,

National Steering Committee on Implementation of BBI Taskforce, 

12th Floor, Kenyatta International Conference Centre.                               

 

Dear Sirs, 

RE: RESPONSE TO THE PUBLIC participation in matters of public interest.

 

Background

We believe the BBI final report will reflect the views of persons with disabilities.

Through most of the affirmative solutions suggested Kenyans with disabilities will feel more included than the current situation where Kenyans with disabilities are yet to enjoy the fruits of being Kenyan.

We believe we are enriching the 9-point agendas.

 

 

           recommendations:

  1. The current National Council for Persons with Disabilities whose mandate is to implement on rights, privileges, and protection is limited and we request for the establishment of a robust national disability service commission “NDSC” with the following mandate:
    • Inquiries on disability discrimination and rights violation among persons with disabilities.
    • Regulate and offer policy direction on matters disabilities.
    • Monitor and evaluate disability services.
    • Fund Disability Service Organisations and organizations of disabled persons to deliver disability services and products.
    • Establish a National Disability Advocacy Program under the CS Social Protection/CS Disability portfolio and fund advocacy targeted disability advocacy service organisations that have proper operational governance in the advocacy and linkage programmed “ALP.
    • Formulate policies on national disability service standards and national advocacy standards that provides guide to disability service organisations and disability advocacy organisations to audit their KPIs.
  1. The Government printers should have a unit assigned to produce information in alternative formats electronic braille, hard braille, audio, sign language and easy to read format as envisaged in the UNCRPD and constitution.
  2. All government public forms and information available online to be accessible to people with any disability.
  • Provide text-to-speech functionality to read a site’s content aloud and encourage the use of Assistive technology (AT) products developed with the intention of meeting the needs of people with disabilities.
  • Put in place guidelines to remove common barriers to web accessibility so as not to exclude people with any disability because the internet is used in government, health care, education, finance and other essential areas equally impacting on the lives of persons with disability.
  • The National government, the County Governments, public and private organizations to offer equal access and equal opportunity to people with disabilities, giving them the ability to actively participate in society.
  1. Establishment of braille authority which will regulate reading and writing of braille language certify braille instructors.
  2. At list 4 % of the national budget should be dedicated to the Kenya National Disability Service Commission.
  3. All county governments should have at list 3 % of their budget dedicated to disability services.
  4. All Counties should appoint CS with portfolio on disability.
  5. The national employment authority should establish a disability employment services department with the following mandate:
  • To be in charge of disability employment services of persons with disability to offer technical and vocational training to persons with disability to gain meaningful employment in both formal and informal sectors.
  • The disability employment service should research and recommend both public and private sectors who have met 10 % minimum employment for tax waver to the Kenya revenue authority.
  • Establish a real time database for persons with disabilities who are employed and none employed where employers can easily access and as envisaged in the national employment authority as they do for the youth.
  • Tax exemption should be provided to start-ups by persons with disabilities as a mechanism and strategy of enhancing their capacity for income generation just like the youth.

 

  1. Corruption is rampant and constitutes an existential threat to Kenya and her peoples.

Unfortunately, this does not exclude the disability sector.

In this regard it is undermining prosperity. That it is a bad example to the persons with disabilities. Corruption impacts disproportionally on Persons with disabilities. It diverts resources which would otherwise be used to enrich the wellbeing of Persons with disabilities in the social, political and economic development spheres.

  • The National anticorruption enforcing agency to establish an inquiry and investigate on disability related corruption and other malpractices with ultimate purpose to bring individuals and organisations that have fleeced or acquired wealth with disguise supporting persons with disabilities.
  • The assets authority should assist to recover the proceeds of disability corruption and this money recovered can be directed to the social protection programmes.

 

  1. Persons with disabilities should be given a chance to elect their own in parliament, member assembly with a clear legislative on the process.
  2. The 5 % progressive representation in both nominated and appointing authority should be increased to 10 % since even the population of the largest minority has highly increased. Some areas to have mandatory representation. at least one member of the national cabinet and County Executive Committees. At least one principle secretary at the national government, at least one chief county officer at the county level one commissioner in all commissions established in the country.
  3. The national construction authority should be mandated to actualize accessibility standards before authorizing new constructions of both public and private buildings and this should be replicated at all Counties.
  4. All disability peer support groups -The Kenya society for the blind, The Kenya Deaf Association, the Kenya Physical Disability Association etc. should receive direct support for the exchequer in order to ensure smooth running of their rehabilitation and peer support network.
  5. The Kenya National Bureau of statistics is mandated to conduct the National Census.

However, in the National Census exercise, the prevalence of persons with disability is not well captured by the Kenya Bureau of statistics on the state of affairs of persons with disabilities.

The National Census should include specific questions asking respondents whether they have difficulty functioning in their environment or experience activity limitations in the domains of communications, mobility, self-care or psychosocial disability.

This should be replicated in all government assessments/survey tools.

  1. The Kenya National commission on Human Rights should have a specific delegated disability discrimination commissioner as conferred in Article 27 (4) who shall operate under disability rights-based legislations to protect and promote the well-being of people with disability, including the rights to access social services, the right for training and employment and being free from discrimination based on their disability as outlined in articles 7, 21, 43 and 54 of the Kenyan constitution (2010).
  2. Many Kenyans care for someone with disability, an individual or child with medical condition, mental illness or someone who is frail due to age.

Households caring for persons with disabilities are faced with huge costs due to their care duties.

Subsequently, many Caregivers (parents/guardians/carers) are unable to fully engage in income-generating activities because of caring for someone with severe or Profound Disability.

We recommend that the National Government helps carers remain engaged in the community, participate in the workforce and stay healthy while continuing their caring role through the provision of funding to subsidize their efforts and contributions through the social protection net or provide other range of supports to help them manage their daily challenges, reduce stress and plan for their future.

 

  1. Creation of national public authority which will be in charge of public housing based at the ministry of housing transport and urban development.
  • At least 20% of the housing should be allocated to persons with disabilities
  • At least the 20% of housing should have the universal design meeting the international accessibility standards.

 

 

 

 

Why the Blind in Kenya should be categorized as “Severe disabled” 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”

 

 

 

Several studies and literature have given definition of who should be severely disabled.

In the Kenyan context policy makers and stakeholders have arguably claimed that those under 24 hours care are supposedly entitled to this school of thought [Kenyan social protection strategy, cash transfer annual [.

Times have really changed. The current review being spearheaded by the social assistance programme by several development partners and the ministry of social protection should ensure the new social policy becomes more inclusive and in-depth.

 since I would like to make a case for the Blind.

Am not making this debate as a mere fact that myself am a blind person but with several scholarly arguments, observations and reasons base on Bing a public policy scholar and with lived disability experience.

To begin with social protection mechanisms which A Kenya has gradually been adapting have not been in compliant with the UNCRPD 2006, ILO standards, which Kenya adopted Kenya constitution article 27 on matters discrimination.

This is to say social protection is supposed to be inclusive for all.

The co values in chapter 10 need to be respected.

In other words, the new social policy needs to align itself with the current trends of inclusiveness and not living any one behind.

My second argument is based on the premises that most social protection programmed set aside for the defend sectors have not been Blind friendly at all.

For instance, since the start of the national youth service programme in 2013 no Blind persons has ever been admitted.

Du’a’’s we have Blind youth who can serve the nation?

Should the national youth service curriculum be revised to ensure Blind are recognized?

 

The proponents of this programme will argue that service men and women needed for this programme are supposed to use sight. Then where do the Blind youth go?

This affirms that Blind are more vulnerable and lack opportunities.

Additionally, the cash transfer programme has denied entry of individuals who are blind despite Poverty being a twin sister of blindness [world blind union 2004[.

Thirdly most job advertisements in Kenya have discriminatory practices of saying that people should have a driving license.

moreover, even most agencies both public and non-state actors who claim to thrust the gospel of inclusion also have joined the fray! Where and how does a blind Kenyan get driving license?

I am also eager to get one.

Organizations of persons with disabilties and self-advocates have been silent on this matter!

Fourthly several studies and media reports have confirmed that most beggars are blind persons. Where do you think the blind men and women who never got an opportunity to join higher institutions are?

Other than those who are hidden in their houses, you will obviously meet the blind beggars.

Apparently, The Kenya union of the Blind had a Sacco for this individual. Don’t you think its high time the beggar’s Sacco got a boost from financial partners?

Furthermore, the beggars have families who relight on them.

Academicians and researchers need to put their minds together and unravel the begging angle so us to enable the understanding of its social economic impacts in the society.

Fifthly, the largest group of blind persons are the beggars who have actually not gotten even basics of education, most do not have even access to white canes and most are also denied even to see the sunlight.

 

Never the less, after Citizen’ tv airing of the Begging story mid-year, a debate in the disability circle got underway but never provided a conclusive answer rather the argument centered on why persons with disabilities should not be associated with begging profession.

According to several media reports Nairobi, Mombasa, Meru and other counties have made several attempts to kick out the beggars in the vicinity but this seems to be a thorn in the flesh. Beggars keep on coming back. Some argue most are Tanzanians while others claim they are individuals who have not been served by the community.

Isn’t right time Kenya offering a permanent solution by providing social protection to the unemployed blind persons and recognize them as severely disabled?

The individuals, institutions who are currently tasked to represent the Blind need to rise up and author several policy statements to kick start   the voyage of empowerment of the blind.

All in all, blind persons in Kenya deserve to live in a respectable and dignified manner just like any other human being.