BURSARY

I won't apologise for supporting Finance Bill – Lari MP

"I supported the Bill based on what I had read and understood."

In Summary
  • Kahangara said he had read and analysed the whole document and it contained articles which would have helped the country and constituents grow.
  • The lawmaker said he would not have supported the Bill if he knew it would mislead the electorate.
Lari MP Mburu Kahangara addressing his constituents at Kimende town on Wednesday, July 10, 2024.
Lari MP Mburu Kahangara addressing his constituents at Kimende town on Wednesday, July 10, 2024.
Image: GEORGE MUGO

Lari MP Mburu Kahangara has defended himself for supporting the Finance Bill, 2024.

Kahangara said he had read and analysed the whole document and it contained articles which would have helped the country and constituents grow.

The lawmaker said he would not have supported the Bill if he knew it would mislead the electorate.

He also told his constituents that President William Ruto would also never have wanted to introduce a bill that would have pushed the people in a tight corner.

"I don't see a reason why I should apologise. I supported the Bill based on what I had read and understood," he said.

"I could not have misled you and even the President himself did not have plans to mislead you or anyone. However, let us respect what happened, we shall sit down again," he added.

The MP spoke at Kimende town where he was issuing bursary cheques to students in day secondary schools.

Kahangara revealed that after consultations with education officers, school principals, teachers and boards of management, they resolved to reduce the school feeding fees.

The legislator noted that they harmonised the feeding programme fees and each parent was requested to pay Sh2,000 per term and the rest will be paid by the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF).

"The government is paying school fees with capitation," he noted.

"The NG-CDF will take over feeding programmes in all day secondary schools so as to ensure no student is sent home for any money," he noted.

Lari MP Mburu Kahangara (in checked shirt) hands over a bursary cheque to parents of students who will benefit from the constituency bursary kitty, July 10, 2024.
Lari MP Mburu Kahangara (in checked shirt) hands over a bursary cheque to parents of students who will benefit from the constituency bursary kitty, July 10, 2024.
Image: GEORGE MUGO

However, since some schools have watchmen, groundsmen, librarians, cooks, secretaries and bursars and each need salaries, the MP said they agreed that each student will be paying Sh2,000 per term to support the schools.

Parents applauded the legislator for coming up with the solution, saying a lot of parents in rural areas depend of casual jobs and find it difficult to complete paying school fees of about Sh 4,000 per term.

"A lot of us depend on casual jobs. Raising Sh5,000 or even Sh 4,000 for secondary is not a joke while you are feeding other children in primary schools. At times, we don't get these casual jobs," noted Faith Wachira.

Lari deputy county commissioner Samuel Kariuki told parents who have kept their children at home for lack of school fees to take them back immediately.

Lari deputy county commissioner Samuel Kariuki speaks to parents at Kimende town on July 10, 2024.
Lari deputy county commissioner Samuel Kariuki speaks to parents at Kimende town on July 10, 2024.
Image: GEORGE MUGO

Kariuki ordered chiefs, their assistants and nyumba kumi officials to check if there were such people and ensure they take their children back to school.

The legislator said Parliament receives financial reports from different ministries and county governments on prudent use or misuse of funds. 

He warned that anyone who will be found to have misused or misappropriated public funds will be investigated by the Ethics Anti Corruption Commission and later taken to court.

"We insist on proper usage of public funds, otherwise anyone who will be found having misappropriated funds meant for public will be taken to court," he warned.

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