The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: CDF Gets Sh272 Billion Since Its Inception

Sh272 billion Constituency Development Funds have been disbursed by the government since the inception of the kitty 12 years ago.

The CDF Board acting CEO Yusuf Mbuno yesterday said this has led to the development of many projects.

Speaking during a CDF Board public awareness campaign at a Nyeri hotel, Mbuno said 46 per cent has gone to improving education institutions and equipping them.

Water projects have taken 12 per cent followed by the health sector with six per cent.

"The funds have fully changed the face on the ground. The initiative has helped alleviate poverty. Mothers who were trekking for many kilometres in search of water don't walk anymore. Pregnant women now can access maternity wards more easily than before. Many bright needy students are receiving bursaries," Mbuno said.

However, he said the funds are still inadequate due to the numerous needs at the grassroots.

Mbuno said there has been a lot of capacity building involving management committee members to ensure the funds are well utilised.

"We are encouraging the constituency CDF teams to work hand in hand with the county government to ensure the projects are completed on time and are operational with staff and equipment," he said.

Mbuno said the constituency teams should also have development plans.

He said the board has an inventory of all machines bought using CDF but discouraged the committees against rushing to purchase such machines since they are expensive to maintain.

The CDF board director Xavier Nyamu said the kitty has also created jobs.

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