Gichugu MP Gichimu Githinji has dismissed his opponents who accused him of using funds from the CDF kitty for political expediency.
The Legislator asserted that his role was only to oversee the implementation of the recommendations passed by the CDF Committee and ensure it operated transparently and in accordance to the set out rules on who should benefit.
Speaking at Kianyaga CDF offices while presiding over the disbursement of Sh 40 million to the needy and poor school children, the Legislator asked his political opponents for fish elsewhere in their smear campaign
He said the Fund meant for the bursary was well structured such that parents or guardians with children within the county do not have to spend even a coin coming to the CDF offices to collect their cheques in an effort to ease their financial burdens as much as possible.
“The CDF office has come out with a well-structured policy that ensures cheques are delivered by the Fund employees right at the designated schools and colleges within the County at no extra cost to the parent or guardian,” he said.
Added the MP, “This time round the cheques we are disbursing today will also be delivered to all schools within the neighboring Murang’a, Nyeri and Embu Counties while colleges and Universities in Nairobi, Kiambu and Thika are also provided for this benefit,”
He said a total of 14,000 bursary applications had been received this time round while the application forms are normally distributed to the lowest administrative unit in order for all to access them with ease.
“Completed forms are then returned to the Fund offices using the same method which saves the parents and guardians not spending any money in pursuit of the bursary,” he explained.
At the same time, Gichimu said a constitutional amendment that has been initiated by parliamentarians to allocate the bursary kitty as per the population in a given area will be pursued to its logical conclusion.
He said this was the only way all children could benefit equally across the country but not sending such funds even where the population was too low while those within higher needy children received the same amount of the bursary fund.