MPs oppose appointment of Dida as CDF chairperson
07 January 2014, 14:00
Nairobi - A section of leaders from the Orange Democratic Party (ODM), an affiliate party to the official opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy Cord (CORD), are demanding the revocation of the appointment of former presidential aspirant, Mohammed Abduba Dida, as the Chairperson of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
Led by Rarieda Member of Parliament, Nicolas Gumbo, and his Suba, counterpart, John Mbadi, the leaders argued that Dida’s appointment contravenes the basic laws that established CDF.
Speaking at Parliament Buildings, they stated that only Parliament reserved the prerogative to approve appointment of the CDF Board Chairperson.
“The Act is very clear that it is the Cabinet Secretary who should make the appointment and you have to be the chairman of the CDF Board, you have to be a member of the board,” said Mbadi.
The push by ODM leaders comes in the wake of an uproar by Coast leaders who have called upon President Kenyatta to reinstate Professor Abdul Razak as the chairperson of the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport Corridor.
The leaders are opposed to appointment of the former head of civil service, Francis Muthaura, citing that it undermined regional balance considered in the earlier appointment.
Meanwhile, Kakamega County Senator, Bonny Khalwale, sided with the Coastal leaders in faulting President Kenyatta for the appointment.
However, Kiambu Senator Kimani Matangi rebuffed Coastal leaders’ claims and defended the President over his appointments stating that there were leaders from the Coastal region who had been appointed to other positions.
“The same hand that replaced Professor Abdul Razak is the same hand that appointed Abdul Rahal from the same area, from the same community to head the Tana-Athi Development Authority,” he argued.
– CAJ News