KENYAN MPS FURIOUS OVER PROPOSAL TO SLASH THEIR CONSTITUENCY FUNDS

Kenya’s Members of Parliament have voiced their opposition to the proposed reduction of the national government’s Constituency Development Fund (CDF) by about 20 million shillings (about 198,000 US dollars) per constituency.

According to a letter addressed to the chief executive officer of the board administering the fund, every constituency will receive 81 million shillings this fiscal year, down from last year’s allocation of 100 million shillings.

The CDF committee says the new arrangement is an attempt to stifle ongoing development projects in the constituencies even as they call for a crisis meeting to address the matter.

National Government Constituency Development Fund committee chairman Moses lessonet had a tough time trying to explain why and how the Executive had decided to reduce the allocations.

The MPs termed the reduction in the allocation as a raw deal, lamenting that they were also not receiving enough funds to facilitate ongoing projects.

The Deputy Minority Leader in the House, Jakoyo Midiwo, put the CDF committee chair on the spot for being part of the new arrangement which legislators say did not represent the equivalent of 2.5 per cent of national revenue as stipulated in the Constitution.

House Speaker Justin Muturi denied the CDF committee chair permission to table the letter and directed that the matter be sent to the committee for consideration.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.