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CORD leaders advised to push for allocation in CDF

02 September 2014, 23:00

Nairobi - A member of parliament allied to Jubilee government has advised Cord leaders to push for allocation of more funds to the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) kitty, to attract support of more national assembly leaders in their referendum quest.

Mt Elgon John Serut said he will break ranks with his Jubilee colleagues and support the Cord leaders in their push for a national plebiscite, on condition that they agitate for more money to be remitted to the various constituencies.

Speaking at Kimabole Secondary School in Chesikaki Ward in his constituency over the weekend, Serut said funds from the CDF kitty have transformed lives of most people in the various constituencies and it will be good if more money is pumped into the fund.

Also read: Governors urged to join CORD in their push for referendum

“ I have heard my opposition colleagues talk of Pesa Mashinani as they push for more devolved funds to the counties. This is despite the fact that most areas in the counties have nothing to show in terms of development one year after the devolution system of government took root,” said Serut.

“This campaign is bound to fail because most of us MPs do not support this position. If they want to be backed by majority of legislators irrespective of their political affiliation, and then let them fight for more funds to the constituencies, not counties,” added the lawmaker.

The MP lashed out at the governors, and claimed that they have engaged more on sideshows including political supremacy battles with other leaders like Senators and members of the county assembly (MCAs),  at the expense of development.

“Most governors have not done much with the devolved funds. There has been a lot of wastage in the counties. The only way to save this country which we will support as MPs if the matter is brought up by Cord in the referendum is increasing CDF money. More funds should be devolved to constituencies not counties,” said Serut, at the school to preside over the issuing of a KES 1 million CDF cheque to the institution to be used to clear balance owed to a creditor after the purchase of a  school bus."

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