Treasury Releases Ksh4 Billion After MPs Threaten To Impeach CS

MPs who attended the induction of Members of House Committees meeting told the press on Wednesday, January 25...

Treasury Releases Ksh4 Billion After MPs Threaten To Impeach CS
MPs during a past National Assembly session. /DAILY NATION

The National Treasury has finally released Ksh4 billion for the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF), ending a standoff that saw Members of Parliament (MP) walk out of a Mombasa seminar, twice.

MPs who attended the induction of Members of House Committees meeting told the press on Wednesday, January 25 that the government had disbursed the billions into the NG-CDF kitty.

According to Mosop MP Abraham Kirwa, they had received communication from National Assembly Speaker, Moses Wetangula, who attended the Mombasa seminar, stating that after discussions with the Treasury, it was decided that the MPs received the disbursement.

Outside the National Treasury building in Nairobi. /FILE

"Yesterday we were given Ksh2 billion, today another Ksh2 billion, tomorrow another Ksh2 billion and then next week another Ksh2 billion. Now it shall continue until we get all the funds. 

"The first thing that they did is to admit that the Treasury messed up because they wrote a letter committing that they will be giving us Ksh2 billion every week, but they only gave us for one week and kept quiet," Kirwa told Citizen TV.

"It's why you saw so many MPs getting angry yesterday wondering what they would do next because so many children have gone back to school and we don't have money to give them."

Following the new development, the MPs agreed to continue with the induction meeting taking place in Mombasa after they walked out of the seminar on two consecutive days.

The developments come after Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino disclosed that lawmakers had collected three hundred signatures in a bid to remove Treasury Cabinet Secretary Njuguna Ndung'u from office.

"We have collected over three hundred signatures. We are going to impeach the Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury & Economic Planning, Prof. Njuguna Ndung'u,"

"He will not joke with us, nor the interest of the Kenyan citizens. We are together because this is not a political party affair. This is the interest of the public," he told journalists.

The lawmaker went on to the extent of calling upon Kenyans to stage a protest against CS Njuguna and officials at the Treasury.

"You may be a Kamba, Mijikenda, Kikuyu or Kalenjin but you are tired of poverty. You may come from any community but your true tribe is poverty," he added, warning President William Ruto's government against playing hide and seek with the CDF owing to its popular nature across the country.

On Monday, January 23, over 200 MPs walked out of the seminar in mass protest over the delayed disbursement of the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) by the National Treasury.

The parliamentarians, representing all political parties, had sought Ksh10 billion from the Treasury while lamenting that the services at the Constituency level had stopped temporarily.

They added that they could not carry out any development agenda due to the delay in the disbursement of funds.

Babu Owino had at the time noted that the government should not refer to a lack of funds as a result of being drained by the previous administration as an excuse for the delayed disbursement of money as daily revenue which amounted to Ksh7 billion a day.

Mumias East MP Peter Salasya had earlier vowed that the legislators will continue holidaying in Mombasa as they cannot travel to their respective constituencies without cash to hand out to the electorate. 

The legislators had hoped to receive at least Ksh50 million each for bursaries ahead of the resumption of learning in primary and secondary schools. However, only Ksh7 million was disbursed per MP, out of which only Ksh5 million is used for bursaries with the remaining Ksh2 million going to administration expenses.

They also criticized the government for spending billions of shillings on hosting them in a five-star hotel, while thousands of children in their constituencies were unable to attend school due to lack of funds.

Treasury CS Njuguna Ndung'u being grilled by MPs in Parliament. /FILE