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Senate Committee wants CDF scrapped

10 October 2014, 10:52 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The Senate’s County Public Accounts and Investment committee has proposed the scrapping of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) arguing that it is outdated.

The committee chaired by Kakamega Senator, Bonny Khalwale is also opposed to the governors’ decision to set aside the Ward Development Fund (WDF) for Members of County Assembly (MCAs) holding that it adds no value to development.

Khalwale and Muriuki Karue (Nyandarua Senator) cautioned the Council of Governors against setting out hard cash for MCAs in the name of the WDF.

“You should agree with MCAs so that this money comes in the form of projects. Giving MCAs money in hard cash in totally wrong,” Khalwale told the Elgeyo Marakwet Governor, Alex Tolgos, who had been summoned.

Citing from the 2010 Constitution, Khalwale said the mandate of MPs is limited to oversight while governors are responsible for handling all funds allocated to counties.

Also read: MP accuses Judiciary of slowing down development

“The intention of devolved funds is to unlock the economic potential of counties. This cannot be achieved when funds are scattered all over the place,” said the Kakamega Senator.

Karue, who masterminded the development of the CDF in 2003, said the fund could die a natural death if governors integrate development projects in their counties

“CDF was meant to do little things the government could not do on the ground. CDF will die a natural death if governors fill this gap,” said Karue.

They two senators challenged the council of governors to assist the Senate in coming up with legislation discouraging the channeling of hard cash to MCAs as part of the development fund.

Tolgos said the Ward Fund has interfered with the performance of his county and laid the blame on members of National Assembly through their CDF projects.

“MCAs are merely copying what members of the national assembly are doing. They want to dish out cheques the same way MPs are doing with their CDF projects,” he said.

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