Bondo Member of Parliament (MP) Gideon Ochanda has said the National Government Constituency Development Funds (NG-CDF) is under threat.
Ochanda says that the petitioners moved to court with bad intentions of removing the NG-CDF kitty.
Speaking at Sio High School in Bungoma on Friday, Ochanda pointed out that the NG-CDF committee in the national assembly is moving around the County to collect recommendations and proposals from the stakeholders concerning the scrapping of the kitty.
The MP said a lot of petitions have been submitted in the court to sponsor the scrapping of the funds noting that the petitioners argue that the kitty is not operating in line with the constitution.
“The petitioners claim that the NG-CDF is not respecting the constitution that proposes that the kitty should be handled by other organs of the government,” Ochanda said.
However, MP Ochanda has moved around the world and heard the locals, unionists and other education stakeholders’ recommendations.
“This committee has gone around many counties and residents have backed the MP’s move to retain the NG-CDF kitty,” he said.
The MP blamed the petitioners for moving to court to block the NG-CDF that paralyzed the implementation of programs by the members of parliament.
“The delay in the disbursement of the CDF funds brought a standstill at the national assembly, the MP’s almost suspended sittings of it, what if it is removed?” he posed a question.
Ochanda added that the MPs have proposed amendments to the NG-CDF affirming that all MPs have vowed to back them.
“No MP is willing or supporting the scrapping of the NG-CDF kitty, let all the education stakeholders support us as we deal with this issue,” Ochanda noted.
Kanduyi MP John Makali said that there are many stalled projects in constituencies that were started by predecessors that need to be completed arguing that if the kitty is removed then it will be hard.
“There are projects in my constituency that I’m still engaging the NG-CDF CEO to help complete them, “Makali said.
The Ford Kenya MP said that schools are developed because of the NG-CDF.
Also present was Lurambi MP Titus Khamala.
By Tony Wafula
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