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MPs storm out of retreat over delayed CDF disbursement

MPs storm out of Parliamentary Committee members retreat in Mombasa over delayed CDF disbursement.

Speaking to the press on Monday, January 23, Kesses lawmaker Julius Rutto stated that the retreat would not proceed unless the National Treasury disbursed funds for the NG-CDF (National Government Constituency Development Fund).

The MP declared that for Treasury Cabinet Secretary Njuguna Ndung’u to address the convention, the money needed to have reflected in the constituencies’ CDF accounts.

The MPs decried that the CDF funds were crucial given that schools reopened on January 23.

“For us to remain here spending taxpayers’ money when Kenyans are suffering is totally unethical. We will cease every engagement until the funds are released,” he stated.

Ronald Karauri, a Kasarani politician, echoed his views reckoning that the government should give education the priority it deserved.

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” It is important that we prioritize the education of our school children over luxury retreats for members and resources allocated to the areas that need it the most,” Karauri added.

Mwatate MP Peter Mbogho reiterated that the induction process would not go on as planned as students risked being kicked out of school for not paying fees.

The lawmakers broke into the ‘bado mapambano‘ song at the conference hall calling for immediate CDF disbursement.

The lawmakers are in a five-day meeting (January 23-28) where members of the various committees will be inducted into the roles and mandates.

National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula, who approved the retreat, explained that it was aimed at giving the members tools to carry out their representation, oversight, and legislation effectively and efficiently.

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