The Star (Nairobi)

29 June 2012

Kenya: Minister Kilonzo Demands Sh2.6 Billion for Purchase of Sanitary Pads From Treasury

EDUCATION minister Mutula Kilonzo has called on the Treasury to immediately release the full Sh2.6 billion for sanitary towels for school girls. He said the money will also be used to buy panties for the girls in parts of the country quoting Article 53.3 of the constitution which guarantees proper health for the children. He said the sanitary towels are not enough as some parents cannot afford other things.

Kilonzo complained that the Sh400 million he has already been allocated is not enough despite the fact that Prime Minister Raila Odinga instructed the Treasury to release the Sh2.6 billion. "What on earth I am I going to do with the girl child in schools primary and secondary, who because of God's biological clock gets to that time?" he asked teachers in Mombasa.

Kilonzo asked the Treasury to release the balance of the free primary and secondary education funds by July 1. The minister said the money is not a favour, but a constitutional right for the Kenyan children. "If the system of Kenya has agreed to Sh1,020 per child in primary schools and Sh10,265 in free day secondary schools. Is it a favour to give that money? It is a constitutional right. And that is why I demanded for the money without fear," said Kilonzo.

He was speaking at the secondary school head teachers conference yesterday. He said Parliament passed the motion that requires the government to increase the capitation. "This entitles the government to 50 per cent of whatever is in the budget. Trust me my brothers and sisters, I am not inciting you. I am only telling you the constitution," he said.

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