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Wednesday, 21 Sep 2016 15:26 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Muhoroni MP Onyango Koyoo has dismissed the Constituency Development Funds allocation under his predecessor Ayiecho Olweny. While explaining that more than 600 students from colleges and universities had benefitted from the scheme under him this year, Koyoo said his precedecessor gave almost peanuts to students, unlike his administration that was giving life-changing financial aid to students.
The 600 students had benefitted from Sh6.1 million, meaning that each received an average of Sh10,000. The students include those studying lucrative courses like engineering, medicine and architecture, he said.
The MP, who spoke at Chemelil when he launched the bursary scheme, dismissed the Sh1,500 to Sh3,000 that were commonly given by CDF during Prof Olweny's tenure, saying it was too little. He announced that in the university category, 431 students benefited from Sh4.5 million and 174 college students got Sh1.6 million.
The breakdown of the allocation per ward is as follows: Miwani saw 112 students receive Sh1.1 million. Muhoroni/Koru had 120 students who got Sh1.13 million, Chemeli ward had 114 students who received Sh1.5 million, Masogo/Nyang’oma saw 127 students receiving Sh1.3 million, while Ombeyi's 102 students got Sh996,000.
The MP said the CDF kitty will allocate more money for bursaries in the next financial year from Sh25 million to Sh30 million. Koyoo said his office has designed a scholarship form that enables the CDF committee to evaluate deserving students.
He called on students who wish to benefit from the fund to apply early enough and ensure to attach all the required documents. The MP said the committees will vet the applicants and pick the most deserving students from their areas.
Koyoo said the CDF committee targets to meet 90 per cent of the fees of needy and vulnerable children, urging chiefs to help poor parents in applying for the fund. “We will pay their school in full until they complete secondary school irrespective of the economic status of their parents. We are focused to ensure our children are well educated,” Koyoo said.
The MP also asked the Kisumu county government which also runs a bursary fund to liaise with CDF office to avoid double allocation to students who have benefitted from CDF, to ensure that as many students as possible get assistance.