Residents in Bungoma County have asked for National government Constituency development funds increased from 2.5 percent to 5 percent so that it can give a chance to more bright students get sponsorship to access education.
Addressing journalists when National assembly committee members toured Kanduyi constituency for a public participation, Lumumba Wekesa an activist appealed to Ng-CDF to increase the funding adding that with the one hundred percent transition many constituencies needed more funding to cater for the population.
In his appeal, Lumumba urged National assembly Mps to pass the bill that was proposed by Butere MP Tindi Mwale of increasing NG-CDF funds to 290 constituencies in Kenya.
“Please it’s my humble appeal that our legislators discuss the bill and pass it so that learners from poor homes benefit greatly from the constituency kitty,” he said, adding that the money allocated for constituencies is little and cannot sufficiently serve the fast growing population.
He added that constituency kitty should even be increased to ten percent because many bright students have been locked out due to insufficient funds.
“Kanduyi is an example of a constituency that is so big and requires more funds to cater for the huge population, NG-CDF doesn’t fund the education sector but also other government projects within the constituency,” Lumumba noted.
Mps led by Mt. Elgon legislator Fred Kapondi said that for the amendment of the NG-CDF to be done, public participation should be done and citizens' views captured.
“Today we are here to take your views that will be presented before on the floor of the house and discussed by Mps, this exercise is going to get views,” Kapondi said, adding that all views will be put together and presented before the house.
Currently, every constituency is getting ksh.137M out of the Ksh. 14B allocated from national treasury but now residents have backed up an amendment bill by Butere MP Tindi Mwale to allocate Ksh. 82B where every constituency will get Ksh. 270M.
Also present during public participation was Butula MP Joseph Oyula (Busia County) and Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi (Trans-Nzoia County)
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