Kisii Governor Simba Arati on Wednesday, April 12, announced that his administration has set aside KSh 126 million to help parents pay school fees.
Arati who spoke in Masimba in Masaba South during the inspection of bursary disbursements by the Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) said only those who took part in the August 9, 2022 polls will benefit.
The county boss said no single bursary will be issued to anyone who did not vote in the General Election.
The former Dagoreti North Member of Parliament further told locals who were poached by neighboring counties to seek bursaries from the leaders they voted for.
To ensure this, the county chief asked those tasked with the exercise to use the 2022 Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) voting register in issuing the forms.
“We must deliberate in all that we do from electing leaders to seeking benefits when they get to the office, if you did not vote be ready to forgo these bursaries,” Kisii Governor Simba Arati said.
The tough-talking legislator said each of the 42 wards has been allocated KSh 3 million and that due to growing deserving cases, his administration will increase the allocation to KSh 5 million in the next fiscal year.
“Owing to the growing number of deserving cases, my administration will now enhance the Ward bursary allocation from the current projected KSh 3 million to KSh5 million in the next financial year,” he added.
The ODM lawmaker further urged the bursary committee to execute its mandate diligently.
“I extend my gratitude to members of the County Assembly and the National Government for taking part in the exercise and, I urge the respective bursary committees to execute the exercise diligently,” Arati said in a statement.