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Treasury releases Ksh4 Billion CDF money after MPs protest

Treasury finally releases Ksh4 billion for the second tranche of the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF).

The development comes after Members of Parliament (MPs) at induction at Mombasa protested the delayed disbursement of CDF money.

The MPs present at the induction of Members of House Committees meeting confirmed to the press on Wednesday, January 25 that the government had finally disbursed the fund into the NG-CDF kitty.

However, the MPs claimed that Cabinet Secretary Njuguna Ndung’u still owes them Ksh12 billion.

Following the new development, the MPs agreed to continue with the induction meeting taking place in Mombasa after staging a walkout on two consecutive days.

Insiders revealed that it took the intervention of National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula who brokered a truce between the two factions.

The lawmakers protested the delay claiming that CS Ndungu had inconvenienced many parents whose children reported to school on January 23.

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In an earlier address, Embakasi East lawmaker Babu Owino revealed that MPs began collecting signatures to kickstart the process of impeaching the Treasury Cabinet Secretary.

“We have collected over three hundred signatures; he will not joke with us, nor the interest of the Kenyan citizens. We are together because this is not a political party affair,” Owino remarked.

Additionally, the MPs requested that the government either declare basic education free in the country or close all public primary and secondary schools due to a shortage of capitation.

They did, however, make it clear that they would refuse to carry out their constitutionally mandated duties until the NG-CDF monies were placed in the constituency accounts.

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