Why Aden Duale Wants NYS Budget Increased Despite Scandals

  • National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Bare Duale on Wednesday pleaded with Parliament to consider allocating Ksh4 billion more to the embattled National Youth Service (NYS).

    The legislator warned that operations in the NYS could soon be grounded unless the allocation to the youth agency was enhanced.

    Alongside Kikuyu Member of Parliament Kimani Ichung'wa, the leaders wanted their colleagues in parliament to slash down the Ksh4 billion allocated to constituencies for roads repair and maintenance and reallocate it to NYS.

    [caption caption="Duale with President Uhuru and DP Ruto "][/caption]

    There was uproar, however, as the MPs declined the proposal by The Budget Committee which is chaired by Ichung'wa.

    The money which is meant to be shared among the 290 constituencies is channeled through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) under the roads maintenance kitty.

    Each constituency is set to receive Ksh30 million for the repair of the roads which were damaged following the recent heavy rains.

    Ichung'wa, however, had suggested that each constituency should surrender Ksh20 million and have the Treasury channel the money to NYS which would cut the roads kitty from Ksh8.7 Billion to Ksh4 Billion.

    The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), got Ksh2.9 billion budget allocation despite being at the centre of controversy over allegations of incompetence.

    Kitui Central MP Makali Mulu, expressed discontentment with EACC's conduct noting: "This is a lot of money that we are channeling to EACC, yet it is falling short of our expectations.

    [caption caption="Embattled Youth PS Lilian Mbogo Omollo with NYS Director-General Richard Ndubai before parliament"][/caption]

    "They need to be told that even as we give it money, we are concerned that its delivery is wanting and indeed it's now a candidate for dissolution," he concluded.

    "We should see the fruits of these funding, otherwise we will be re-considering it," Taita MP Naomi Shaaban reminded EACC.