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Angry MPs vow to appeal CDF ban

23 February 2015, 16:20 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – MPs have vowed to move to court on Friday, to appeal against the High Court's ruling that declared the existence of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) unlawful as per the new Constitution.

The angered legislators led by Rarieda MP, Nicholas Gumbo said they want the fund to be reinstated as they explore all legal avenues to ensure it is in line with the Constitution.

“CDF is here to stay. CDF is still intact and all projects continue because the fund does not belong to MPs but to citizens.  We are going to handle this matter in a bi-partisan manner not to be divided along political lines lest the appeal collapses before we start,” said Gumbo.

Gumbo said they respect the court’s ruling on CDF and said after the appeal, they will follow the laid down Parliamentary procedure to amend the law that led to creation of the CDF kitty to align it with the 2010 Constitution to ensure its continuity.

“We are organizing a consultative meeting for all the 290 MPs to agree on individual contribution to pay lawyers to represent us during the appeal in court,” said Gumbo.

Also read: Coast, North Eastern to benefit most with CDF

The MPs held that CDF has helped in diverse development projects since its creation compared any created fund thus any attempt to abolish it will stall many projects, lead to joblessness to citizens in CDF officers across the country and affect education of children from poor families who are sponsored through the kitty’s bursaries among other services.

Despite the court’s ruling giving the MPs up to 12 months to ensure the CDF kitty is aligned to the Constitution or be abolished, the National Assembly Majority Party Leader, Adan Duale said the House is going to do the amends in three months to ensure the ongoing projects in the 290 constituencies do not stall.

Former Prime Minister and leader of opposition, Raila Odinga has asked the MPs to support the Coalition of Reforms and Democracy’s Okoa Kenya referendum push by including the CDF idea on its agendas.

However, Nyandarua Senator Muriuki Karue who conceived the CDF idea and formulated in 2003 has insisted that the fund should “die a natural death” because it has not met the intended purpose of providing certain services the national governments allocated funds cannot cater for its citizens on the grassroots.

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