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MPs wrestle control of Equalization Fund from Governors

20 August 2014, 08:00 William Korir

Nairobi - MPs have finally managed to wrestle control of the KES 3.4 billion Equalization Fund from Governors and into their control.

The fund, which seeks to ensure that marginalized areas in the country are not forgotten in development terms, has been under the control of Governors under the premise of the national government.

MPs though, Tuesday agreed to support the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill 2013 published by Samburu West MP Lati Lelelit which moved to the third stage of debate, making it more or less certain that control will be moved to the Constituency Development Fund CDF, which MPs control.

According to Lelelit, the money meant to lift marginalised areas would be better managed from the grassroots seeing as the need is obvious from that level.

" The need is there for all to see on the ground, so why not have it under the CDF, he said when he tabled the Bill.

The Fund was established under Article 204 of the Constitution with the aim of helping marginalized areas earn the same levels of development as other more endowed regions.

" It is vital that those who are on the ground and see the issues affecting theses communities have a direct say on the use of the funds, he added.

The money has usually been remitted on a need to need basis by the Commission for Revenue Allocation (CRA).

Governors had argued that the funds were better used under their development agenda, as they now oversee County projects.

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