The Chesumei MP, Elijah Lagat has described the inception of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) as a god-send stating that many projects have been initiated and completed through the kitty.
Lagat said the country had so far experienced incredible development in the health, education and road sectors’ infrastructure despite political affiliations since the introduction of CDF in 2003.
Speaking over the weekend at Namgoi Secondary School where he issued bursaries worth eight million shillings to secondary school students from Chemundu-Kapng’etuny Ward, Lagat indicated that since its inception, the kitty had spurred development at the grassroots and that the Kenyans’ living standards had been transformed tremendously by the fund.
Lagat cited Namgoi Secondary as an example of what CDF has done in the area, saying the school has been built by the CDF kitty at a cost of shs. 25 million.
We only need about five million shillings to complete the school complex, said Lagat.
Lagat said the day secondary school, had helped families from humble backgrounds living around Kapsabet to further their studies after primary school.
So far, the school has produced an ‘A’ student, who is now pursuing Aerospace Engineering at the university, said Lagat.
The legislator said that through CDF bursaries, students who would otherwise not have gone to school for lack of school fees have been able to study.
Other development projects like water, infrastructure in schools, dispensaries and cattle dips have also been provided through CDF,’ said Lagat.
Lagat at the same time indicated that only children from poor backgrounds were considered in the disbursement of bursaries.
Through village committees and barazas, we are able to only identify and consider the needy children who have special cases of hardships in raising school fees, said Lagat.
He urged parents to educate their children to fight poverty by helping them achieve self-dependency.
By Martin Kiplimo