Embu MCAs Pass Sh400 Million Ward Fund

Embu county assembly on Tuesday passed a bill to establish a Sh400 million Ward Development Fund.

The bill will enable the county to set aside Sh20 million development funds per year for each of the twenty wards in the county.

It was sponsored by deputy speaker Ibrahim Swaleh, who is also Kirimari MCA.

The assembly has included changes proposed by Governor Martin Wambora.

In the changes introduced by Wambora, the executive will appoint members of ward committees to manage the fund.

He said the changes are meant to bar MCAs from implementation of projects in the wards because their role is purely to oversight.

The MCAs had initially passed the bill on June 25 but Wambora declined to sign it into law unless the changes he had proposed were included.

He had described the bill as good saying it will help to spur development at the grassroots.

The bill says10 per cent of the national revenue allocations should be channelled to the fund.

The money has already been factored in this year’s county budget which has not yet been read and which had purposely been delayed as the

issue of the WDF was ironed out.

Speaking when they passed the bill the MCAs said county representatives cannot do much without direct funds to initiate development projects at the wards.

They said residents do not feel the MCAs’ presence.

“We attend baby showers, burials, fund drives and weddings of others to make ourselves relevant,” Runyenjes Central MCA Steve Munene said.

Swaleh had said the executive only implemented its own projects and ignores those at the grassroots level.