Caucus on PWDs call for inclusion in key Govt positions

A caucus on Disability Rights Advocacy has called for sufficient representation of their members in the Kenya Kwanza administration.

In a statement on Friday, the umbrella Organization of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) said that the inadequate numbers of persons with disabilities in key government positions is stifling their voice in the decision making and goes against the vision of inclusion as espoused by the Constitution.

The umbrella noted with concern the recent appointments to cabinet positions as well as to principal secretary positions has no representation of persons with disabilities including in the 21 County Assemblies.

“This current state reflects retrogression compared to 2013 when we had only 4 and 2017 when we had 17 county assemblies with no representation of persons with disabilities,” read their statement.

They added, “This lack of representation is contributing to exacerbation of difficulties faced by persons with disabilities including the risk of being left out of service provision and the government Economic Agenda of uplifting the most vulnerable in the society.”

They called on the government, both at County and National levels to lead the way in ensuring the needs of persons with disabilities are addressed and to construct an inclusive culture where disability inclusion becomes a norm with sufficient representation and meaningful involvement of persons with disabilities across the governance structure.

  

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