MPs threaten to disrupt budget speech over allocation of NG-CDF funds

Members of the Parliament have threatened to disrupt the National Assembly’s Thursday proceedings for the budget statement presentation over the delayed release of the National Government Constituency Development Funds (NG-CDF).

The National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani had promised to release at least Ksh. 2 billion NG-CDF fund every week until the end of the financial year 2020/2021.

However, according to the legislators, the pledge has not been fulfilled.

The lawmakers had vowed in March to shoot down government sponsored motions should the treasury fail to disburse the funds.

According to the lawmakers, the NG-CDF fund is used to fund various projects in the constituencies, including the education bursaries to students in which the schools where these students learn can no longer tolerate the fee payment delays.

They have now vowed to disrupt Yatani’s Thursday budget speech until the funds are disbursed to their Constituencies.

This comes after the members of the Budget and Appropriation Committee Chaired by Kieni MP Kanini Kega had spent several sittings in March trying to hammer out a deal with Treasury by pushing for a Sh. 13.5 billion allocation in the supplementary budget to clear NG-CDF arrears for the last financial year.

It also emerged that the 290 constituencies had received an average of Sh. 20 million out of the Sh. 137 million for this financial year. The MPs now say disbursement of CDF funds is not a favour from Government to constituencies.

And just as they threatened in March, the legislators have vowed to not only disrupt the budget speech, but also decline to discuss and pass motions tabled in parliament beginning Thursday.

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