30 July 2012

Kenya: MP Rutto Defends CDF Allocations

Chepalungu MP Isaac Rutto has dismissed claims of biased distribution of Constituency Development Funds. Ruto said the allegation was being driven by political detractors out to taint his image. Speaking at the weekend at Longisa trading center after officiating the opening of the Bomet East constituency United Republican Party offices, Rutto said bursaries are distributed by committees picked at the locational level.

He said he has no direct influence in the disbursement of bursaries to needy students saying the appointed committees tasked with the process work under strict rules to ensure transparency and fairness. He said the increase in the number of secondary schools in the constituency through CDF is evidence of good use of the fund. "When I was elected five years ago only three schools had been supplied with electricity but today we have 78 schools using electricity and more than double the number of secondary schools," he said.

Rutto is eyeing the Bomet governor's seat. Rutto added: "almost all public primary schools have a secondary section to help improve primary to secondary school transition in Chepalungu which had been poor due to scarcity day secondary schools in the region."

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