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Oparanya wants CDF Act amended

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 20 – Planning Minister Wycliffe Oparanya says there is need to amend the CDF Act to make the management of the new proposed 47 counties under the new constitution easier.

He said on Wednesday that more focus should be put on providing enough resources to fund the communities under the new arrangement.

He stated that under the new system, the CDF management will have to be decentralised to make its presence felt in the counties.

"Ever since the fund was established, it has had a number of challenges in its implementation. The main challenge has been lack of active community participation in a number of constituencies which has led to mismanagement of funds," he stated.

He was speaking during the launch of the CDF Board 2010 – 2014 strategic plan and service charter.

"This is indeed an important day for the CDF because it is the day the Board is unveiling its strategic plan that will from now on provide direction," he said. "Strategic plans have now become the vehicle for delivering organizations, policies and programmes worldwide."

He described the successful preparation and subsequent launch of the 2010 – 2014 strategic plan as a milestone achievement for the CDF board in its endeavour to ensure prudent management of the fund and efficient utilisation of the CDF resources.

He pointed out that the fund has since its inception contributed significantly to the development of the country.

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He said that the fund has enabled Kenyans to experience the value of government money.

"The common man and woman can now directly take part in decision making on development matters of their local areas," he stated.

"One of the greatest achievements of the fund has been shifting from policy formulation from line ministries to communities, thereby encouraging local initiatives, ownership, participatory supervision and accountability."

Mr Oparanya pointed out that the programme has further created employment within the communities through awarding of contracts to local artisans and sourcing of local materials.

He said that communities are also empowered through direct involvement in project selection, implementation and procurement.

"There has also been a general improvement in the infrastructure of most constituencies, especially of social facilities. The bursary component of CDF has reduced the student dropout rate in secondary and tertiary institutions, especially among orphans," he explained.

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