Thika MP Alice Ng’ang’a says the current NG/CDF allocation that the constituency receives is inadequate and cannot address the demands of its over 400,000 residents.
Speaking during a public participation forum on this year’s NG/CDF priority areas, the MP said it is time for the review of the NG-CDF allocation formula to give densely populated constituencies double allocation.
The lawmaker regretted that her constituents have been getting a raw deal in allocation as compared to those from less populated constituencies.
She cited some constituencies where learners receive full scholarships through secondary and university education which Thika cannot afford due to the high population of learners adding that some get as low as Sh 3000 annually in bursary support.
“This is discriminatory to our people and that’s why the rate of school dropouts due to lack of school fees in our areas is high. We need such constituencies made super, where we can receive double allocation and are allowed to vote twice on key parliamentary decisions,” Ng’ang’a said.
She called on other parliamentarians from highly populated constituencies to join in the push to have the NG/CDF allocation formula determined by population.
Ng’ang’a said in the upcoming delimitation of Boundaries by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), she will ensure her constituency is split into two.
During the consultative forum held at Community Hall in Hospital Ward, residents urged the MP to prioritise education of children by issuing more bursaries and renovating dilapidated school facilities.
They also lauded the government for returning the NG/ CDF and urged the legislator to consider completing projects that were left incomplete by the former leadership.