MPs storm out of Parliament lamenting their grievances over the National Government Constituencies Development Funds (NGCDF).
Drama was witnessed in the National Assembly on Tuesday, December 5 after Members of Parliament (MPs) walked out of the National Assembly demanding the release of the National Government Constituency Development Funds (NG-CDF).
The Kenya Kwanza MPs joined a team of opposition MPs led by Minority Leader Opiyo Wandayi, in seeking answers from Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wah who they wanted to lias with the Treasury to have the funds released immediately.
Ichung’wah, while addressing his colleagues, pointed out that the matter would be addressed by Thursday, when Treasury Cabinet Secretary Njuguna Ndung’u would have arrived in the country from the COP 28 event in Dubai.
This, however, did not sit well with the legislators who wanted the issue to be solved immediately.
National Assembly Deputy Speaker Gladys Boss faced a tough time trying to convince the legislators to maintain order as they began heckling and directing boos towards Ichung’wah.
“Honourable members, you are denying yourselves, we are trying to establish when the Treasury CS can be here. Consult with the Majority leader because members are walking out before they hear the answer,” Boss stated.
“Honourable members, you are denying yourself an opportunity for an answer.”
Moments later, a section of the aggrieved lawmakers stormed out of Parliament, chanting “No CDF, No Parliament.”
Speaking after walking out of the National Assembly, Nyando MP Jared Okello said they have suspended all sittings until the National Treasury disburses the funds to constituencies.
He claimed that the government is always supporting executive programs which have in turn affected the disbursement of CDF.
“The government is always supporting their executive programmes to the detriment of CDF so what we are saying is that we have suspended all sittings and all government businesses until CDF is expended to our schools.
“In January new students are joining form one, there are those who are continuing with high school so we are saying they must provide money now and not later,” Okello stated.