NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 10 – Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki on Monday announced plans to establish development funds for all wards in the 47 counties.
According to Kindiki, the money will go into the development of infrastructure within the wards thus fast tracking the devolution process.
“There is a Bill that I am in the process of preparing on a model of CDF to give each ward its own development fund,” he said.
“Devolution is about devolving resources and decisions to the lowest level so that from the county there is money and the Ward there is money,” he explained.
Kindiki also disclosed that the wards will get funds depending on their needs as he addressed the concern over wards getting equal amounts yet their needs differ.
The Senate Majority leader further urged Senate Committees to tour counties to address the challenges faced by their governments in the areas that they represent.
“As a Senate so that we can be felt especially at the grassroots we are encouraging our committees to have most of their sessions at the county levels.”
“The health and devolution committees have already done so but we want to encourage the security, agriculture and other committees to have more sessions and inquiries at the county levels,” he said.
“We have also amended the Standing Orders so that every three months the Senator addresses his or her County Assembly because the assembly is the connection between the grassroots and the House,” he observed.
Last month the Nairobi County Governor Evans Kidero enacted into law the Nairobi County Ward Development Fund Act.
Kidero said the law which was passed by the County Assembly will disburse Sh16.5 million for the development of infrastructure in each of Nairobi’s 85 wards.
“Development funds have not always reached the people they are supposed to help and this new law has come in to ensure that such scenarios are a thing of the past.”
“The fund will now reach all the wards and they will be equal which means that all wards will have an equal chance to do something meaningful with the money,” he explained.
Kidero said the funds will be released at the beginning of the financial year to each of the wards and this will be done annually.
“The money will be distributed beginning in June and at the end of the financial year before more money is released the ward representatives will be required to give an account of how they used the money.”
“Education and infrastructure, mainly the roads and transport, are the main areas that are featured in the fund; this is a start and in due course other areas will be covered,” he explained.