On Monday, January 23, more than 200 Members of Parliament (MPs) convened in Mombasa for a week-long retreat.
According to the Office of the Clerk of the National Assembly, the retreat that was to end on Saturday, January 28, was aimed at inducting members of the various committees into their roles and mandates.
However, the lawmakers walked out of the meeting over what they termed as delayed disbursement of the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF).
The parliamentarians from all political parties said they would not precede with their workshop until the National Treasury releases the NG-CDF funds.
Addressing the media at the venue, Kesses lawmaker Julius Rutto said the retreat would only proceed once the funds have reflected in the constituencies’ CDF accounts.
“For us to remain here spending taxpayers’ money when Kenyans are suffering is totally unethical. We will cease every engagement until the funds are released,” Ruttos said.
The lawmakers further vowed to paralyze parliamentary sessions in Nairobi until their pleas are heard.
While accusing Treasury CS Njuuna Ndung’u for the delay, the lawmakers said it was absurd to use billions of taxpayers’ money to host MPs in the five-star hotel, yet thousands of children are at home due to a lack of school fees.
“The Cabinet Secretary Treasury Prof Njuguna Ndung’u has been promising that we will have the NG CDF but so far no monies have been remitted to the accounts, yet we are here using billions of monies in this hotel,
“Yet our students and their parents who voted for us are at home. This defeats the purpose of elected as MPs,” said Timothy Kipchumba MP Marakwet West.
Kivumbi.co.ke understands that the MPs have received KSh7 million only, of which KSh2 million goes to administration issues while KSh5 million is for bursaries.
While terming their walkout as genuine not political, the MPs said they expected at least KSh 50 million (for bursaries) in their NG-CDF accounts.