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Women Rep roots for referendum to save CDF

02 March 2015, 10:31 Ben Wafula

Bungoma - Bungoma County woman Rep, Dr. Reginalda Wanyonyi wants the government to call for a referendum in a bid to save Constituency Development Fund (CDF).

CDF kitty was formed 10 years ago to help members of parliament to invest in important projects in their areas of jurisdiction.

Speaking at St. Mary's Ng'oli Secondary School during the laying of the foundation stone over the weekend, Miss Wanyonyi said that the CDF should not be scrapped.

"CDF has played a good role in infrastructural development especially roads, schools, health facilities and motivated a number of students to complete school through bursary funds. Let it not be abolished because it had created employment to many people," noted Wanyonyi.

The kitty has been abolished by the high court judges citing lack of proper structures during its formation.

"If abolished, many people will suffer and projects will stall. Let the government be considerate by including CDF in the constitution so that it can help our people," she said.

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Miss Wanyonyi noted that schools such as the one she launched should have been completed if CDF officials in Bumula constituency had allocated money for it.

"Where do you want us to get money to educate bright but poor learners? CDF has played its role in changing of some individuals' fortunes and we will fight for its stay," she noted.

However, her sentiments were challenged by Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Bungoma County Executive Secretary, Kenneth Nganga who said that majority of MPs had misappropriated the funds.

"As long as MPs want to glorify themselves through the kitty, let it be abolished and the money channeled directly to the ministry of education to give teachers a pay rise," said Ngangah.

He said that some projects started by CDF have become white elephants, with MPs misusing the cash instead of investing in good projects.

"Can the MPs who are bitterly complaining show us the essential projects funded by the CDF so that we can support them in agitating for a referendum or else we will be the first ones to oppose it," said the unionist.

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