National Assembly NG-CDF Committee roots for more funds

National Assembly NG-CDF Committee has revealed that all funds for the current financial year will be channeled towards construction of classrooms before the schools resume.

According to the Committee, this is aimed at ensuring enough spaces in schools that will help reduce congestion that can lead to more spread of the Covid-19 virus.

The Committee’s chair who is also Member of Parliament for Kanduyi Wafula Wamunyinyi says his committee has already engaged with the National Government CDF stakeholders and management and agreed to pause the use of the funds in implementing Environment and bursary projects.

He was speaking when the Committee toured Bahati Constituency in Nakuru County.

“We have agreed that other projects can be suspended so that the money can be channeled towards construction of more classrooms and purchase of desks ahead of schools resumption” said Wamunyinyi.

The committee also advocating for need to amend the NG-CDF Act and add increase funds that will help the MPs address the issue of new classes.

As it stands now more schools are full due to the 100% transition initiative that was done by the ministry of education and the ministry of interior.

Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri stating that the social distancing in schools can be addressed if the government can allow funds diverted to NG-CDF towards construction of classrooms.

He adds that this can be made possible through a Bill in the Parliament.

“The Government should allow a bill in parliament so that we can have more funds from the COVID-19 kitty under NG-CDF towards construction of classrooms” said Ngunjiri.


MP Charity Kathambi’s mission to make Njoro a better constituency

Charity Kathambi Chepkwony is a first time member of parliament for Njoro.

Though born and raised in Meru,Kathambi has Njoro at heart.

The vocal Nakuru Legislator has a Master’s  in Community  Development studies from Mount Kenya University besides BBA(Marketing option) from KeMU,Diploma in Sales and Marketing from University of Nairobi as well as Diploma in Clearing and,Shipping and Documentation.

Her first time trial in politics was in 2013 but she did not make it.

After re-strategizing,she came back in 2017 and won the Njoro Parliamentary seat on Jubilee ticket.

Her win supprised many male competitors who felt women had no room in politics.

But for the Njoro seat that was being eyed by five independent male candidates including former MP  Joseph Kiuna,Kathambi made her way becoming the first female MP for Njoro on Jubilee ticket.

Since her election,MP Kathambi been vocal on matters education,infrastructure,peaceful co-existence among communities in Njoro.

Kathambi has continued to ensure transformation of Njoro constituecy that has had scars of ethnic violence of 1992,1997 and 2008 as well as the recent 2020 skirmishes in Nessuit,Mauche and Mau Forest bordering areas.

In an interview with this writer,MP Kathambi is categorical that hers is to ensure a peaceful and transformed Njoro.

“I have a duty to unite my constituents and ensure development” she said.

The God-fearing Kathambi adds that her role as elected leader is to help correct the mistakes of past leadership by ensuring there is no discrimination against anyone on matters service delivery.

Under her leadership,already 30 classrooms have been built during the 2017/2018 Financial Year.

She has also been able to commission construction of 18 roads in the six wards of Njoro.

Kathambi also lobbied for the refurbishment of Civil Registration office in Njoro to allow residents seeking such services to get access easily without travelling to Nakuru town.

But even with the development agenda,Kathambi has not been spared when it comes to criticisms from her male competitors.

However,she says it will be mad if her to exchange words with her competitors.

“Time for politics will come,as for now,my focus is on development agenda for Njoro”she said.

Kathambi who is also a member of the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA) has been on the forefront in calling on National Government to come up with lasting solution towards ensuring peaceful co-existence among locals in Mauche,Mau Narok and Nessuit areas of Njoro.


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