MPs resume induction after Treasury releases Ksh.4B CDF funds
The controversy surrounding the disbursement of CDF funds between Treasury and Members of Parliament was on Wednesday resolved following a closed-door meeting led by National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula.
The legislators, led by NG-CDF committee Chairman Musa Sirma, said the government has released Ksh.4 billion and will release a further Ksh.2 billion on Thursday.
The MPs are now set to extend their induction workshop to Saturday to cover for days lost to the stand-off.
“Wameomba msamaha kwa kukosa kutupatia pesa vile waliahidi. Kufikia leo, tumepata pesa kama bilioni nne, wiki ijayo tutakuwa tumefikisha bilioni 14 na tutakuwa tumekaribia ile pesa ya kutoa basari,” said Sirma, who is the Eldama Ravine MP.
His Emuhaya counterpart Omboko Milemba stated: “Spika amekuja na kuleta suluhu kwamba hizi pesa zimeanza kutumwa katika accounts ya kila constituency.”
Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro, on his part, said the National Treasury had to release funds meant for public primary and secondary schools which also caused the delay.
“These delays have been occassioned by the timing; we have our schools reopening, and the government facilitates every pupil and student with capitation money. This is a very urgent need for the government,” said Nyoro.
Kipipiri legislator Wanjiku Muhia chimed in: “Tunataka kusema hata hizo siku mbili Wakenya wasione hatujakuwa tukifanya kazi… tumekuwa kazi tukiwatetea na haki yao.”
By the end of next week, the MPs expect to have received at least Ksh.50 million meant for bursaries and other administrative expenses, as they say thousands of applications are at their desks awaiting disbursements.
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