Top Stories / National
Thursday, 26 Jan 2017 18:06 EAT
Older members of parliament are basking in the glory of unmatched performance in the management of constituency funds, one of the few objective criteria for judging the effectiveness of MPs in Kenya. According to the ranking released yesterday, most of the 20 best managed constituency development fund (CDF) are led by MPs aged above 50. And the bottom pie is dominated by younger MPs, raising questions about the public's obsession with youthful MPs.
Several members who have served more than one term in National Assembly came tops, according to the report done by the board responsible for the disbursement and management of the funds, with Kasipul MP Joseph Oyugi Magwanga (from Homa Bay County) emerging as the very best. The MP has announced his candidature to challenge incumbent Homa Bay governor Cyprian Awiti.
Other legislators who have been in the august house for more than one term and have excelled in managing their CDF kitty include David Were of Matungu (ranked at number four), Francis Nyenze (Kitui West MP, six), Peter Njoroge Baiya (Githuguri, 14) and Joseph Kiuna (Njoro, 20). All are aged above 45, with Mr Nyenze being 60 years old. Though in their first term, Kimilili’s Suleiman Murunga (at no 10) and Matuga's Hassan Mwanyoha (at 11) are in their 60s.
In the list of the top 20 also ranks first termers and youthful MPs like Kibra’s Ken Okoth (no 2), Embakasi West's George Theuri (third) and Mathare's Stephen Kariuki (five). Kitui Central's Makali Mulu (seven), Rabai's William Kamoti Mwamkale (eight), and Juja's Francis Munyua Waititu are in the 40s, as are Makadara’s Benson Kangara (12), Webuye West's Dan Wanyama (13), and Baringo South's Grace Kipchoim (15), Mwingi West's Bernard Kitungi (17), Kasarani’s John Njoroge Chege (18) and Ndaragwa's Francis Waweru Nderitu (19).
Barring Mr Kariuki, none of the 10 youngest MPs were ranked in the top 20. MPs don't directly manage CDF funds, but they have huge influence in selecting the committees and staff working on the projects and directing the use of funds.