7 counties to receive Sh201M as 21 others get Sh157M in CDF allocations

Tuesday, August 8th, 2023 01:45 | By
National Government- Constitutional Development Fund (NG-CDF) board Chief Executive Yusuf Mbuno
National Government- Constitutional Development Fund (NG-CDF) board Chief Executive Yusuf Mbuno. PHOTO/Print

Twenty-one constituencies will receive the lowest allocation of National Government Constituency Development fund (NG-CDF), amounting to Sh157.8 million, a new document has revealed.

Seven others will receive the highest allocation amounting to a total of Sh201.6 million.

 The document from the NG-CDF board shows that the total allocation to the 290 constituencies amounts to Sh53.5 billion, out of which Sh2.7 billion will go towards funding CDF board operations, leaving the constituencies’ shareable revenue at Sh50.9 billion.

According to the report, the allocation to the said constituencies was calculated based on the number of wards in each constituency.

 The NG-CDF act requires that the 290 constituencies equally share 75 per cent of the annual NG-CDF allocation, with the rest distributed based on the number of wards in each constituency.

There are 1,450 wards in the country based on the delimitation of electoral areas by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) following the promulgation of the 2010 Constitution.

In the detailed report tabled before the National Government Constituencies Development Fund (NG-CDF) Committee chaired by Eldama Ravine MP Musa Sirma, the NG-CDF board led by chief executive, Yusuf Mbuno said that the sharable revenue is calculated by deducting the expenditure of running the board and related purposes from the amount allocated to the fund.

Budget ceilings

 Reads the report: “This allocation is subjected to the criteria for determining the budget ceilings for each constituency as outlined in section 34 of the NG-CDF ACT,” reads the report.

 It adds: “further analysis indicates that the proposed ceilings for each constituency will result in significant increase in allocation in the 2022/2023 financial year allocation for all constituencies. The difference between what constituencies will receive in the 2023/2024 financial year and 2022/2023 financial year ranges from Sh 26,493,167 to Sh 35,960,766.”

 The new allocation follows the passage of an amendment to Section 34 of the NG-CDF Act, 2015 that introduced a new budget ceiling for constituencies.

 Initially all constituencies received equal allocations of Sh 138million.

 The new formula mirrors allocation of funds to the 47 counties where the devolved units get varying amounts based on a range of parameters such as population size, land area, health care and roads.

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