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Kenyan Members of the National Assembly stormed out of an induction seminar in Mombasa on Tuesday, January 2023.
This was the second consecutive day the lawmakers were staging a mass protest.
The lawmakers protested the delay in the release of the National Governments - Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) to their accounts.Kasarani MP Ronald Karauri during the National Assembly Directorates of Departmental Committees and the Audit, Appropriations, and other Select Committees induction Workshop in Mombasa on January 23, 2023.National Assembly
The team is seeking Ksh10 billion from the National Treasury arguing that services at the Constituency level had ground to a halt.
The legislators further argued that they were unable to carry out any development agenda due to the delay.
After the walkout, Embakasi East MP Babu Owino told the press that even the staff working at CDF offices countrywide had not been paid because of a lack of funds.
“We cannot do anything in the Constituency. Our people are crying because they want bursaries.
“We want the daily revenue collected by the National Government to be channeled directly to CDF bank accounts so that we can start issuing bursaries,” the MP demanded.
Babu Owino remarked that the government should not cite being broke as a reason not to disburse the money as daily revenue amounted to Ksh7 billion a day.
Earlier, Mumias East MP Peter Salasya had animated that the legislators will continue holidaying in Mombasa as they cannot travel to their respective constituencies without cash to hand out to the electorate.
"Because fellow MPs have decided there will be no induction without NG-CDF, all we can do now is have fun in Mombasa.
"We cannot dare travel to our constituencies without the kitty," the first-term MP remarked.
After the first walkout, Homa Bay Town MP George Kaluma pleaded with the government to hasten the release of the funds.
"We have needy orphans who need urgent intervention so that they can report to school.
"If the government feels that NG-CDF has become expensive, then let education be free from primary, secondary through to university," the legislator remarked.
Over 200 MPs drawn from different political parties further vowed to paralyze parliamentary sessions in Nairobi until their pleas are heard.
"We have only received a paltry sum of Ksh7 million which Ksh2 million went to administration issues.
"We need at least Ksh50 million per constituency so that we can be able to issue out bursaries for students resuming classes for the 2023 academic year," the MPs demanded.Members of the Directorates of Departmental Committees, & the Audit, Appropriations, & other Select Committees, has begun its Induction Workshop in Mombasa on January 23, 2023.National Assembly
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