Understanding BBI report: People living with disabilities (KBC)

Understanding the BBI is a segment designed to enlighten citizens on the contents of the now famous document.

This is in line with our mission which is to provide leadership in transmission of objective, informative, educative and entertaining content to the public.

We start by uncovering notable issues put forward that make Kenyans feel insecure and why the whole nation must henceforth have an honest conversation with itself

Among the 23 prominent issues identified by the Presidential taskforce on Building Bridges to Unity Advisory as key to realization of their dream of a truly united, peaceful and a prosperous country, is the perceived INSENSITIVITY OF KENYANS TO PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES.

According to the taskforce, “Many Kenyans do not regard disability as something they themselves can suffer or that can be suffered by a person dependent on them.

That disability is looked at as someone else’s curse.” Regrettably, the report notes that the traditional view of people living with disability as condemned by fate persists, and we have created a separate world for them to live in rather than struggling to integrate them into our society.

The Taskforce acknowledges that everywhere it visited, people living with disability complained that they were patronized by the rest of society and treated as incapable of taking care of their own lives and interests.

As part of its proposals to promote their inclusivity into nation building, the taskforce concluded that “It is important that people living with disabilities choose their own representatives and not have nominated representatives be chosen for them by parties.”

But apart from the treatment accorded to the physically challenged, the taskforce notes that THE PROBLEM IS MOSTLY IN THE SOFTWARE, AND NOT THE HARDWARE.

Overall, the Taskforce concludes that Kenya’s greatest obstacles are attitudes and behaviors. Sensitive as it is, the taskforce observes that “No senior Government or company official has ever resigned on a matter of conscience after a disastrous development, not because he or she was directly guilty, but as a way of acknowledging their responsibility.”

The report which has ignited serious debate also says that Kenyans have adopted a system of sweeping injustices under the carpet.

The report states that “Year after year, Kenyans suffer from many forms of abuse and injustice, including when they are carrying out their political rights during elections.

They seek redress. Commissions are launched and author reports that stay on the shelves, unimplemented.”

Yet, in spite of all this, the institutions and leaders who have the responsibility to provide justice, rehabilitation and redress, never complete their work.

The BBI report also acknowledges the fact that KENYANS FEEL INSECURE. The Taskforce heard numerous comments from Kenyans who decried chronic insecurity and lack of safety.

The taskforce notes that “News headlines and everyday conversations are filled with stories of domestic violence, which destroys psychological wellbeing and even kills.

Sexual abuse and violence are making the home and other protected spaces like schools, religious centers, and workplaces feel threatening and unwelcoming.”

This being the case, the taskforce concludes that there is need for A NATIONAL CONVERSATION.

the national conversation should be about the country all Kenyans want their children and their children to live in, a Kenya three generations from today, and on how the people’s day-to-day behavior and attitudes will help to build it.

This, the taskforce says is a conversation that should shape its findings in any given forum.


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