COMMUNICATION FROM THE CHAIRMAN ON THE UPCOMING CENSUS AND THE ALBINISM QUESTION
GREAT MILESTONES ON UPCOMING CENSUS
Today, the acting Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury appeared before the Senate Committee on Finance and Budget, which I serve as the Vice Chairman, to brief Senators on the progress made in this year’s national census. We resolved as follows;
Firstly, the schools’ opening dates for 3rd term shall be moved forward by a few days.
Second is that the 25th day of August 2019 be gazetted as a public holiday in order to facilitate the exercise.
Third, publicity and awareness-raising shall commence this Friday the 9th day of August 2019.
In this year’s census, we have made historical strides as follows:
1. Through my office and I being a member of the Census Technical Working Group for Persons with Disabilities, we have championed for the use of the Washington Group of Questions in order to enhance the capturing of data on Persons with Disabilities. This will go a long way towards providing proper estimates of the possible percentage of Kenyans with disabilities, away from the traditional model. The traditional model had limitations, be they physical, mental, visual, hearing, speech, or selfcare (developmental).
2. Through my office, we have been able to push for the inclusion of the question on albinism for the first time in our census history. This is a very important milestone as the less known categories of Persons with Albinism (Ocular and Oculocutaneous) shall be counted.
We need to keep on pushing boundaries in order to realise full inclusion of all Kenyans in the census exercise. If we can give each one of us equal opportunities, we shall be able to make positive progress as a nation. We may not all be equally talented but each one of us, despite their physical, biological or other attributes, they too have something valuable to contribute.