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Criteria for CDF issuance discriminative claims MP

The  Naivasha MP, Jayne Kihara has appealed to the government to consider changing the criteria used to determine the amount of CDF given to constituencies saying the current formula was discriminative and unfair.

Kihara  said  some  constituencies  were  extremely large and had a huge population compared to others and therefore deserved more funds to ensure development projects benefited all the constituents equally.

The legislator cited  Naivasha constituency which she said has eight County assembly wards and added that the allocation of Sh.100m was not enough to carry out meaningful development projects in all the wards.

Kihara said the government ought to change the formula so that those with larger populations get their fair share to ensure equal distribution of development.

“Where is equity when some constituencies with three wards get the same CDF share with those with eight or more wards?” she posed.

She said the meagre resources for the constituency were making it difficult to allocate bursaries to the increasing number of needy students across all schools in the area.

The MP explained that in the last financial year, only Sh.30m of the total allocation was set aside for bursaries despite the many applications received from the needy families.

Kihara  was  speaking during a meeting with parents of Mirera Primary school in Naivasha where she donated sanitary towels to pupils in the school.

She said they were working with the county government of Nakuru to harmonise bursary allocations as one way of avoiding resource wastage through duplication adding that although the county had its own procedures in awarding bursaries, there was need to share information so that all the needy pupils could benefit.

The  MP also called on the county government to move with speed and rehabilitate the Moi South Lake  road that was in deplorable condition saying its repair would boost tourism activities and hospitality sector in the area.

Kihara said the road serves thousands of locals every day noting that it had been neglected for years despite the much revenue generated from economic activities in the area.

By  Esther  Mwangi/Brian  Kamau

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