Uhuru: Funding for people with disability to be increased next year

By PSCU

The Government will scale up its support to persons with disability, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

He said since 2009, the National Fund for the Disabled of Kenya has been receiving a grant of Kshs 100 million from the Government annually to help persons with disability countrywide.

The Government will increase the funding in the 2015-2016 budget.

“I personally and the Government will do everything possible to support the work of the Fund,” President Kenyatta said.

President Kenyatta was speaking Wednesday at State House, Nairobi, when he received the National Fund for the Disabled of Kenya’s annual audit reports.

The reports presented by the Fund’s Board of Trustees Chairperson Kristina Pratt were the Audited Financial Report, schedule of the individual and institution beneficiaries for 2013/2014, report on monitoring and evaluation of the Fund’s donation programmes, strategic plan, profile of the Fund and the Board Charter.

The President said the Government will place people with disability at the centre of the country’s development.

He cited the allocation of 30 percent Government procurement and the cash transfer to people with disability as some of the initiatives put in place to support them.

During the occasion, President Kenyatta was given a plaque and officially welcomed to the Fund as its patron. The President also presented two members of the Fund’s Board of Trustees – Ramadhan Haji Abass and Mike Kiswili – with the Order of Burning Spear for their distinguished service to the nation.

The other members of the Fund’s Board of Trustees who attended the meeting were Senator David Musila, Mr. Nicholas Biwott, Prof. Julia Ojiambo, Mrs. Margaret Mwangola and Mr.  Peter Nyakiamo.

Labour, Social Security and Services Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi commended the Fund for conducting its activities transparently.

He said the Ministry has identified 10 acres in Nairobi to be allocated to the Fund to boost its work for the people with disability.

Ms Pratt said the Fund’s programmes include giving people with disability equipment to enable them engage in income generating activities, giving grants to institutions and construction of classes for them, among other projects.

She said individuals and institutions that benefit from the Fund and the successful applicants are picked across the country.

In the last five years, the Fund has spent over Kshs 421 million on people with disability, Ms Pratt said.

“The National Government Administration, in conjunction with the Gender and Social Development officers, endorses the applications and give recommendations. The duly filled forms are then forwarded to us by the Deputy County Commissioners,” the Fund’s Chairperson said.