President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked Parliament to enact laws that would ensure both national and county governments fully complied with the Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) law that allocates 30 per cent of government procurement to the youth, women and people with disability.
President Kenyatta said Parliament should come with laws that would enable legislators to audit the two levels of governments to ensure the AGPO law is adhered to.
“You should ensure that the national government, parastatals and the 47 county governments abide by the law that requires 30 per cent of all government tenders and contracts are allocated to women, youth and persons with disabilities,” said the President.
President Kenyatta was speaking at State House, Nairobi, during a meeting with persons living with disabilities. The meeting was also attended by Deputy President William Ruto.
The President assured of the Jubilee Administration’s commitment to equity and inclusivity, saying the entrenchment of the AGPO law was a step towards empowering women, youth and persons with disabilities.
“Since coming to office, we have worked tirelessly to ensure an inclusive and equitable society where no Kenyan is left behind. This, I said, should be the corner stone of the Jubilee Government,” said President Kenyatta.
The Head of State encouraged persons with disabilities to be vocal and express their interests freely, saying Jubilee has been at the forefront in supporting their welfare and fully backed those who sought elective posts.
“You should now become vocal in expressing your needs and demanding your rights. We want to hear your voice coming out strongly, making sure you are not left behind,” said President Kenyatta.
He cited the example of Kajiado Women Rep Janet Teiyaa who was a nominated senator in the 11th Parliament but now has been elected an elected MP.
“You now have good representation in Parliament. You have a minimum of four people who are doing a good job,” he added.
Deputy President Ruto said the Jubilee Administration has been keen on serving all Kenyans without discrimination and will not waver in its plan to uplift the lives of persons with disabilities.
“We are told that society and leadership is not judged by how they treat the mighty and able but by how they treat the weak and the vulnerable,” said the DP.
The DP said those in leadership positions must ensure persons with disabilities are catered for by implementing the policies formulated to address the welfare of that special group.
Senator Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen and National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said Kenyans spoke against the demonstrations by the opposition, saying the country cannot be held at ransom by one individual using all means to acquire power through the back door.
“How can a leader incite people to violence so as to ascend to power. In all democracies people are allowed to picket and hold demonstrations at particular places set aside for such activities” said senator Murkomen.
Kajiado Women Rep Janet Teiyaa, Nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura and his counterpart at the National Assembly David Sankok said street demonstrations organized by the opposition do not augur well for the persons with disabilities and the country.
“These demonstrations are not good for us. It is unfortunate that those in opposition don’t care about us. We have blind people and those with other disabilities who cannot run to save their lives when chaos erupt,” they said.
The Kajiado Women Rep thanked President Kenyatta for his support to persons with disabilities, saying it has made great impact to the lives of many Kenyans.
Dr. Sankok said through the Jubilee policy persons with disabilities have been able to access tenders and contracts worth Kshs 4 billion.
He said persons with disabilities have resolved to vote President Kenyatta overwhelmingly in the October 26 fresh presidential polls.