Duale’s town­ship best in use of CDF money

In­tro­duced to sup­port grass­roots projects

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - JULIUS OTIENO @juliu­so­tieno04

Na­tional As­sem­bly ma­jor leader Aden Duale’s Garissa Town­ship con­stituency is the best man­ager of CDF cash. Ton­garen MP Eseli Simiyu and Ka­bando wa Ka­bando of Mukur­weini are sec­ond and third. The per­for­mance rank­ing was re­leased yes­ter­day by the na­tional board of the Con­stituency De­vel­op­ment Fund.

Rank­ing was based on how money al­lo­cated in the past three fi­nan­cial years was spent and man­aged. “The eval­u­a­tion was con­ducted on five pre­de­ter­mined in­di­ca­tors: Fi­nan­cial, ser­vice de­liv­ery, dy­namic and non-fi­nan­cial in­di­ca­tors,” the board said.

Con­stituen­cies at the top in­clude Sotik (Joyce La­boso), Marak­wet West (Wil­liam Ganya), Turkana South (John Nakara), Alego Usonga (Ge­orge Mu­luan), Laikipia West (Stephen Karani), North Horr (Fran­cis Ganya) and Msamb­weni (Suleiman Ra­mad­hani).

Eval­u­a­tors were drawn from the De­vo­lu­tion min­istry’s Depart­ment of Plan­ning and Sta­tis­tics and the CDF board. The fund was in­tro­duced in 2003 to sup­port grass­roots de­vel­op­ment projects and achieve eq­ui­table dis­tri­bu­tion of re­sources.

In Fe­bru­ary last year, the High Court de­clared the CDF Act un­con­sti­tu­tional and gave Par­lia­ment one year to amend it. The court ruled that the Act un­der­mined de­vo­lu­tion by in­fring­ing on the prin­ci­ple of sepa­ra­tion of pow­ers and pub­lic fi­nance.

MPs amended the Act in part, and in turn the court or­dered only part of the funds re­leased. MPs were also barred from di­rectly man­ag­ing the fund, a duty as­signed to com­mit­tees. In the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year, only Sh25 bil­lion out of Sh35 bil­lion was dis­bursed, pend­ing full amend­ment.

MPS AMENDED THE ACT IN PART, AND IN TURN THE COURT OR­DERED ONLY PART OF THE FUNDS RE­LEASED

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