//GLOBAL DISABILITY PRE-SUMMIT ON 24THMAY 2018

GLOBAL DISABILITY PRE-SUMMIT ON 24THMAY 2018

SPEECH BY THE CHIEF GUEST, HON (AMB) UKUR YATANI THE CABINET SECRETARY FOR THE MINISTRY OF LABOUR & SOCIAL PROTECTION, DURING THE GLOBAL DISABILITY PRE-SUMMIT ON 24THMAY 2018 AT KENYA INSTITUTE FOR CURRCICULUM DEVELOPMENT (KICD), NAIROBI, KENYA

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Invited Guests,
Distinguished Persons with Disabilities,
All protocol observed.
Today we are all gathered here from all corners of this Country and beyond to analyze the situation of persons with disabilities in Kenya in the context of inclusion and provision of services that uplift their welfare.
Guided by the Global Disability Summit theme: To ensure persons with disabilities are consistently and systematically included in international development and humanitarian assistance, we look forward discuss disability agenda and highlight some of the milestones, gaps and recommend commitments to persons with disabilities in Kenya.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
As a country we have an elaborate legal framework that addresses issues of disability and I do not have to list them.
However, we are aware that the Constitution as stipulated under Article 54 guarantees access to education, physical facilities, appropriate means of communication and access to materials and devices for persons with disabilities.
This is a progressive Constitution with a lot of entitlements for Persons with Disabilities. Some of these are: Reasonable Access to all Places, public Transport and information and provision for use Sign language, Braille or other appropriate means of communication. These are important in addressing inclusion of Persons with disabilities in all spheres of life and for cushioning them from constraints arising from the various disabilities.
Yet, it is regrettable that compliance in many areas that would otherwise bring forth many benefits for persons with disabilities are proving to be a challenge and we must come up with strategies to address it.
Distinguished Participants,
Whereas the State is required to ensure progressive implementation of the principle that at least five percent of the members of the public in elective and appointive bodies are persons with disabilities, the response from state Institutions or bodies is slow or sometimes unavailable.
Similarly, less than 1% of employees or appointees in public service are made up of Persons with Disabilities, against the requirement of at least 5%. We pray that the current National Assembly and Senate will pass laws to facilitate implementation of this provision to help the country achieve the quota and empower persons with disabilities
Ladies and Gentlemen,
At this moment, I believe you are all aware that Kenya is co-hosting the Global Disability Summit with United Kingdom (UK) Government and International Disability Alliance on 24th July this year in London to galvanize global efforts to address disability inclusion around the world focusing on consistent and systematic working with persons with disabilities.
This is also the first ever Global Disability Summit by UK Government to bring together global leaders and technology companies, governments and charities to tackle the barriers that prevent persons with disabilities in the world’s poorest countries from reaching their full potential.
As a county we are happy and honoured not only to participate but to play the significant role of co-hosting.
Invited Guests,
The Global Disability Summit of July will create a platform and opportunity for Governments, including Kenya, to demonstrate achievements towards transforming the lives of Persons with Disabilities and make commitments to transform these lives.
We therefore have to re-look at our programming and priorities and make commitments to help take disability sector to the next level.
I, therefore, request that all of you be candid enough and speak your mind to help dig deep into issues and identify gaps and make workable recommendations to inform the Country towards appropriate commitments to addressing inclusion of Persons with Disabilities.
Don’t shy away from giving your ideas here. We must get things Right Now and Not Later. Count on me on this.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I wish to thank the organizations and Agencies that have been instrumental to this summit.
These include: Safaricom Company Ltd,
Sight Savers International,
Save the Children International,
National Council for Persons with Disabilities,
Light for the World, and
United Disabled Persons of Kenya (UDPK) among others.
After this pre-summit, all the recommendations will be analysed, synthesized and communicated to concerned stakeholders for validation.
Finally, Distinguished Participants,
I wish you all a fruitful and committed discussion today and reaffirm my commitment to this course as well as assure you that I will lead in taking your commitments from this Pre-summit to the Globe and thereafter request that we all walk together to achieve and actualize the rights of Persons with Disabilities in Kenya and the world
I believe we will be going to London NOT as Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, Not as Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government, NOT as civil societies NOR as disability sector BUT as Kenya.
With these remarks I now wish to declare the pre-summit conference officially opened.

THANK YOU ALL

2018-05-25T06:52:12+00:00