The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Calls to Delink MPs From CDF Kitty Backed

Residents of Mathira West have backed a proposal in the Constituency Development Fund bill to delink MPs from the kitty. Nairobi businessman Rigathi Gachagua said the proposal by former Ol Kalou MP Muriuki Karue will ensure transparency and accountability of the kitty. Karue recently proposed for a complete delinking of CDF from the control of MPs saying that it would be managed better by a Constituency Development Fund Committee. "The kitty should be delinked from the MPs as most of them are biased," said Gachagua.

Speaking yesterday at Kabiru-ini Primary School during a fundraiser to renovate the classrooms, Gachagua said the local CDF had not done enough to improve infrastructure in learning institutions in the area. Gachagua further said learning institutions should be the main beneficiaries of the CDF. "The improvement of schools' infrastructure should not be left to the Ministry of Education. Community members should chip in since the bulk of the ministry's budget is used to foot teachers pay," he said.

Headteacher Josphat Kahia said the school needs Sh5 million to renovate the dilapidated classrooms. "Lack of power and proper infrastructure hinders us from participating in activities that require modern technology. Learning has been affected a great deal," said Kahia.

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