A robust inventory on habitations of minorities and marginalized communities in Kenya would aid the nation’s leadership to design and implement programs to cut socio-economic inequalities, campaigners said on Thursday.
Ohenjo Nyang’ori, chief executive officer at Centre for Minority Rights Development, said the current lack of data on marginalized and minorities grossly disadvantages them in allocation of resources to address specific issues, hindering their growth and development.
“Data gives an indication of the status of the community and therefore it would help the government design programs to tackle their challenges,” Nyang’ori said. “It would be infrastructural development or access to social services.”
Although the constitution has no express definition of minorities, it does provide for marginalized as the hunter-gatherers, pastoralists and indigenous communities having preserved their languages and cultures.
Galgalo Ali, a sociologist and researcher on issues of these communities, said it is imperative for existing legal framework to be reviewed to incorporate a clear definition of minorities as this would set parameters for identifying the particular communities.
“It will be important to break down the findings and start to have discussions on what are the needs of community in this particular county and what are the interventions,” he said. Enditem