MP wants CDF Act amended to consider population in allocations

Saboti MP Caleb Amisi issues an admission letter of Excel Driving School to a Boda Boda rider in Kitale town following sponsorship by his office. He called for a review of the NGCDF Act to distribute funds based on population. Photo/Aspect News

Saboti MP Caleb Amisi has called on the national assembly to amend the National Government constituency development Fund (NGCDF) kitty to have its allocation based on the number of constituents unlike the current uniform formula.

While weighing in on the ongoing debate on revenue allocation at the senate, Mr. Amisi said formulators of the ACT erred in assuming the financial need of each constituency are the same irrespective of the population.

“It is unfair to allocate a fixed amount of money yet some constituencies like Saboti have a greater population since it has a slum. Let the disbursement be based on population,” he spoke in Kitale while launching a sponsored training for Boda Boda riders to learn driving skills.

The legislator further called on the senate to adopt a revenue allocation that puts in mind the population of each county as opposed to the geographical size saying funds are meant for people and not trees.

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“The whole idea of devolution was to distribute resources to benefit people at the grassroots level. Resources allocated should be meant to benefit people and not the land mass,” noted Mr. Amisi.

He faulted senators from Luhya community who are opposed to the one man one shilling allocation formula saying they are doing a great disservice to their electorate whose population is high.

“I am surprised that Kakamega senator Cleophas Malala is among those opposing the allocation formula that favours population yet his county is among the most populous in the country,” said the MP.

Mr. Amisi reiterated his commitment to deliver on his development agenda in the constituency, faulting leaders who have been poking holes on his track record with an aim of gaining political mileage.