Senate cannot stop me from funding secondary schools, Governor Lenku says

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Kajiado County Governor Joseph ole Lenku. Photo by Obegi Malack.

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Kajiado County Governor Joseph ole Lenku has said that he will continue funding primary and secondary schools even if he is not mandated to do so.

The Governor, who was speaking in Ngong’ during the commissioning of a special Mazingira Unit, said that he is ready to face any challenge arising from allocating funds to the education sector.

According to the Constitution, county governments are only allowed to run and support projects under Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) and Vocational education.

Lenku was at one time summoned for overstepping his mandate by allocating money for projects under the national government.

He was grilled by the Senate Public Accounts and Investment Committee (PAIC) over allotting funds for a multi-purpose hall in a secondary school in Kajiado Central sub-county.

The Governor maintained that residents are not concerned with whichever government does a given project as long as the project is funded and completed.

After the summon, he went on to fund the construction of a new primary school in Kitengela, Kajiado East sub-county.

Lenku further noted that Oloolaiser Boys High School had not been supported for over ten years with it being the best school in the county; and instructed the construction of a modern social hall at a cost of Ksh40 million allocated across two financial years.

“The school requires a hall whether it will come from a donor, parents, harambee, NG-CDF, Ministry or Governor; the important thing is that the facility is available for the school,” he said.

The Governor will also allocate funds from the NGCDF kitty to support the construction of a new school in Kajiado North sub-county that will be launched by MP Onesmus Ngogoyo.

The school will be named after the late Minister and Kajiado North MP Prof. George Saitoti and will have an ECDE, Primary and Secondary section.

By Obegi Malack

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