Due to the National Government Constituency Development Fund’s unsuccessful release, more than 200 MPs have left an orientation session in Mombasa.
They want the state to close schools since thousands of students rely on bursaries and cannot pay until the money is dispersed.The mps from all the political parties have further pledged for halting of parliamentary proceedings in Nairobi until their demands are heard.
The legislators demanded an explanation for the holding up of the funding.They were captured in a video chanting the ‘Wabunge Msilale bado Mapambano’ song.
So far, the MPs have received Sh7 million only, of which Sh2 million goes to administration issues and Sh5 million for bursaries. They have stated that they expected at least Sh50 million (for bursaries) in their NG-CDF accounts. Therefore, they have termed their walkout genuine and not political.
They have argued that it’s illogical to use billions to host MPs in the five-star hotel, yet thousands of children haven’t reported to school due to lack of school fees.
“The Cabinet Secretary Treasury Prof Njuguna Ndung’u has been promising that we will have the NG CDF but so far no monies have been remitted to the accounts, yet we are here using billions of monies in this hotel. Our students and their parents who voted for us are at home. This defeats the purpose of elected as MPs,” MP Marakwet West, Timothy Kipchumba has said .
He has further explained that they have walked out because the government has not honoured its promise of remitting the NG-CDF funds,”We were elected on a platform of change and assisting the hustler community. Many parents cannot afford fees that’s why we believe bursary is one of the ways of enforcing the bottom-up economic model. We have downed our tools until this issue is resolved,” he added.
Kipchumba also said they have summoned the CS Treasury severally, but he has never honoured the summons. However,they will continue their oversight role as mandated by the constitution.
Karachuonyo MP Andrew Okuome threatened that they will not return to the seminar until the matter is addressed.
“We don’t want party affairs.It’s a children’s issues that we are addressing. We have been very tolerant the state promised Sh2 billion every week starting December 9, you know the date today we have got nothing until the schools reopening has caught up with us. Many children will be sent home for lack of school fees. Why would I sleep in a five-star hotel when children in my constituency are at home?” he asked.
He said that bursary is a very pressing matter that needs urgent attention by President William Ruto. He has added that they are not blackmailing the Head of State but fighting for their rights.
Yatta MP Mr Robert Basil has said that the Sh7 million is not sufficient for the 10,000 students who want and depend on bursaries.”We won’t allow any business to go on in parliament. Children of the rich are in school while the poor are at home. Why fly in parliamentarians to a hotel, use billions of monies yet our children are at home,” he added.