Ruto Defends CDF And Pledges to Reinstate the Fund.
President William Ruto has defended and committed to re-establish the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF).
The Supreme Court ruled that CDF was unconstitutional because its provisions violated the separation of powers and appeared to establish a distinct level of revenue distribution.
In order to reestablish the fund, the president proposes a constitutional revision of the law governing the CDF.
President Ruto compared his time as a member of parliament for Eldoret North before and after the introduction of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), stating that the fund had significantly improved the lives of many Kenyans.
“I know the contribution the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) has made in making life better for our citizens.
“Having served in Parliament for 15 years, before and after the establishment of NG-CDF, I know the difference it makes is monumental,” said Ruto.
He added: “I believe there is a way NG-CDF can be aligned to the tenets of the Constitution.”
Thursday marked President Ruto’s first appearance before the two chambers of the Kenyan parliament.
In order to appease the Senate, whose request for an oversight fund had been denied by the National Assembly, the president proposed the creation of a fund to assist them in adequately monitoring the use of funds deployed to the counties in light of an increase in instances of misuse and theft of public resources.
Regarding the Senate and its constitutional responsibility, I believe the two chambers should collaborate to establish the Senate Oversight Fund.
This would be used to oversee the millions provided to counties,” Ruto explained.
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His other legislative agenda includes a push for the revision of the standing orders to permit cabinet secretaries to answer questions posed by members of parliament regarding the administration of ministries and new concerns.
This is a return to the tradition of the tenth parliament, in which ministers addressed the house every Wednesday afternoon and members posed questions.