Red tape de­nies PWDs their share of fatty state deals

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

Per­sons liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties have ac­cess to only a per­cent­age of the 30 per cent of state con­tracts al­lo­cated to them, women and youth, due to low regis­tra­tion lev­els.

The 2009 cen­sus re­port states the over­all dis­abil­ity rate in Kenya is at 3.5 per cent, about 1.35 mil­lion dis­abled per­sons. The cur­rent num­ber of reg­is­tered dis­abled per­sons is slightly above 371,000. The Na­tional Coun­cil for Per­sons With Dis­abil­i­ties says for­mal regis­tra­tion is key to ac­cess the ten­ders and funds al­lo­cated by the govern­ment. The coun­cil at­tributes the low regis­tra­tion num­bers to red tape in form of pro­ce­dures re­quired to de­ter­mine whether one is qual­i­fied to be a dis­abled per­son.

This in­cludes com­pul­sory med­i­cal as­sess­ment, which could last up to six months be­fore the doc­u­ments are cleared by the di­rec­tor of med­i­cal ser­vices. He is the only per­son man­dated to do this.

“We are com­ing up with a new pro­gramme this fi­nan­cial year called the Lo­cal Pur­chas­ing Or­der Fi­nanc­ing Guar­an­tee fund where we give per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties or groups of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties seed cap­i­tal so that they can par­tic­i­pate in the ten­ders,” NCPWD pro­grammes of­fi­cer Ros­abel Githinji said.

The pro­gramme aims at dis­as­so­ci­at­ing dis­abil­ity with poverty through the pro­vi­sion of as­sis­tive de­vices and ser­vices, ed­u­ca­tional as­sis­tance, eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment and re­volv­ing fund.

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