, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 12 – More than 100 MPs from 14 marginalised counties have begun collecting signatures to censure National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich after he failed to transfer the Equalisation Fund.
Balambala MP Aden Abdikadir and Turkana South MP James Ekomwa led the 105 MPs in accusing Rotich of frustrating the transfer of the funds for the last two financial cycles.
“We want to impeach him and anyone who is connected to him, because Rotich has robbed the poor. When you refuse to bring the money which is supposed to reduce poverty it is actually like escorting the poor to the grave,” Ekomwa said.
They have vowed to oppose the passage of the Supplementary Budget which was to be tabled in the National Assembly.
Abdikadir led the legislators in faulting the Cabinet’s decision to form an advisory board to recommend ways of implementing the constitutional provision.
“If Rotich is struggling to find means and ways of implementing this report he just needs to come to Parliament. He should not give excuses, we have given him input, we have made an amendment to those guidelines he brought, we have helped but Rotich does not want to go the way we want him to go,” said the Balambala MP.
MPs last year unanimously supported a Bill sponsored by Samburu West MP Lati Lelelit which seeks to amend Article 204 of the Constitution so that money allocated as the Equalization Fund is managed at the constituency instead of the national level.
The Bill is currently at the Third Reading stage of the law making process.
MPs argued that because the Constituency Development Fund structures are well established, money designated to be spent at the national level were better spent using that model.
Calculated as 0.5 percent of the latest audited accounts, the Equalisation Fund has been set at Sh3.4 billion for the next financial year.