The Commission made a passionate appeal to county governments to include all special interest groups during public participation forums to ensure they canvass their issues for adoption in the design and formulation of programmes and policies.
The call came during the 7th annual conference of chairpersons of constitutional commissions and independent offices held in Meru county. Speaking at the event, Chairperson Dr. Joyce Mutinda said county governments needed to interrogate the strategies for involving different categories of special interest groups.
Dr. Mutinda noted that the Constitution of Kenya 2010 provides specific measures for addressing the inclusion and participation of special interest groups including reasonable access to all places, public transport and information, use of use sign language, braille or other appropriate means of communication, implementation affirmative action programmes designed to ensure that, youth, older persons, minorities and marginalized groups have opportunities to associate, be represented and participate in political, social, economic and other spheres of life.
Panelists who spoke during the conference called for political goodwill to ensure the inclusion and participation of all persons in development programs in both national and county governments.