Duale’s township best in use of CDF money
Introduced to support grassroots projects
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