Cabinet Secretary – Labour and Social Protection Hon. Florence Bore officially launched the distribution of the first batch of about 4,000 new cards set to be delivered to persons with disabilities who have either been newly registered or migrated to the new registration system across the counties. In this continuous production process, another subsequent batch of 6,000 will be released by next week.
HON. FLORENCE BORE SIGNING VISTORS BOOK AT THE EDs OFFICE
The Cabinet Secretary was taken through the security features of the new card and QR code for verification purposes. The new card, produced by De la rue, is part of the reforms effected in the registration process following the launch of the new registration system during the UN Disability Day last year. These reforms are meant to curb fraud, bring the service closer to the people and also provide accurate socio-economic data of persons with disabilities in Kenya. On arrival at the counties, the recipients of the new cards will receive communication from their respective county disability offices to pick them.
Hon. Bore, who also became the first top government official to visit NCPWD in its establishment, called for an end to the perennial delays experienced by persons with disabilities as they seek to get registered. She also pledged to support the Council in its efforts to ensure that all rightful persons with disabilities are identified and registered, in line with the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals and Kenya’s commitment during the 2018 Global Disability Summit on generating reliable disability disaggregated data.
The Council will soon communicate on the phase-out of the old registration card. As at now, the old card remains valid and in use. Persons with disabilities registered in the old registration system are therefore advised to visit their county disability offices and get their records updated into the new system. This will also be a proof-of-life exercise on the over 500,000 registered persons with disabilities.
NCPWD BoD posting for a photo with CS
The process of getting the new registration cards is similar to the previous registration process. One will need a recent passport sized photo, a dully filled registration form which can be accessed through NCPWD’s county offices, a copy of the national identification card or birth certificate and a copy of their Disability Assessment Report from the government gazetted hospitals with the Director of Medical Services’ signature which has since be devolved to Counties.
CS Bore also pledged to support the Council in lobbying for the pending Persons with Disabilities Bill 2021 and other subsidiary laws and regulations. Having noted the challenges experienced by persons with disabilities as they seek to access NCPWD offices due to the Expressway, Waziri pledged to work with her transport counterpart to have a lasting solution effected.
Also present were the Council’s Board of Directors, key partners including Sightsavers, Light for The World, CBM International, National Council for Children Services, and Association of the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK), United Disabled Persons of Kenya, ADD International, KEDIPA and Delarue Team.