Legislators have threatened to strike if the National Treasury fails to disburse the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF).
Minority leader Opiyo Wandayi said on Thursday, November 10, that even after the house had approved the appointment of Treasury Cabinet Secretary Prof Njuguna Ndung’u, no money had been disbursed for the NG-CDF.
He proposed that CS Ndung’u be given seven days to explain the way forward, as the house prepares to go for recess in December 2022.
Wandayi proposed that the MPs should go on strike should the National Treasury fail to disburse the money.
“May I also dare say, and this is not an empty threat, that failure to do that (disbursement of funds) I will be moving members of the house to refrain from any talk of recess and refrain from any engagement on any business until NG-CDF funds are disbursed,” Opiyo said.
The minority leader’s remarks were supported by many MPs in the house, including Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wa.
Ichung’wa said many voters are waiting for the disbursement of the funds so that they can apply for bursaries to pay for the children’s fees in January 2023.
“There is absolutely no reason why the National Treasury should not be disbursing the NG-CDF and I will engage with the CS so that before we consider breaking for recess, will have NG-CDF and National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAF) as well as money meant for counties,” the Majority leader said.
National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula asked Ichung’wa to team up with the chair of the Budget and Finance committee to reach out to the Treasury CS.
The two will be expected to table the results of their deliberations with the ex-chequer on Tuesday, November 15.
The 13th Parliament had earlier argued that the quashing of the 2013 CDF by the Supreme Court act did not affect the 2015 NG-CDF act.
Former Treasury CS however maintained that he would await the advise of the Attorney General before allocating any money to the NG-CDF.
During the transition to the fifth administration, President William Ruto promised that the government would not scrap the program, saying it helps millions of Kenyans across the country.
Prices of These Commodities Dropped in November
A report by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) on the state of the consumer economy has revealed that the cost of living slightly eased in November.
KNBS, on Wednesday, November 30 placed the inflation rate at 9.5 per cent, a 0.1 per cent drop from the previous month of October.
Among the factors that contributed to the slight dip was the reduction in the cost of basic commodities. Cooking oil, recorded an average drop of Ksh21.93 per litre.
“During the same period, prices of cooking oil (salad), tomatoes and fortified maize flour dropped by 6.0, 2.2, and 1.0 per cent, respectively.
“The month-to-month Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages Index increased by 0.6,” the statement read in part.
The cost of maize flour dropped by Ksh1.83 per two-kilogram packet while the same unit of tomatoes cost Ksh1.98 less.
Some of the non-food commodities whose prices dropped include the electricity bought on a small scale (Ksh46.48 per 50 kilowatts) and Ksh184.2 for 200 kilowatts.
The cost of fuel super petrol, diesel and kerosene also dropped by Ksh1.10, while a 13-kg cylinder of liquefied petroleum gas retailed by Ksh79 less. Commuters also paid less for their travel, according to the Bureau.
Kenyans coughed up more cash for rent, alcoholic beverages and fresh farm produce during the month under review. The consumer price index (CPI) increased from 127.86 to 128.31.
However, in comparison to the same period in 2021, the rate of inflation leapt by 3.7 points from 5.8 per cent.
“The rise in inflation was largely due to increase in prices of commodities under food and non-alcoholic beverages (15.4 per cent) transport (11.7 per cent) and housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (6.1 per cent),” KNBS disclosed
The Martyr? Preacher Jailed For 8,658 Years
A court has sentenced a televangelist, who surrounded himself with young women he referred to as his “kittens”, to 8,658 years in prison.
The court in Turkey sentenced Adnan Oktar, who has been described as a cult leader, and was convicted of sexual assault and abuse of minors.
Oktar, 66, fronted his own television channel, through which he delivered religious sermons.
He is a fierce opponent of the theory of evolution, and wrote a widely mocked book on creationism.
He was originally given a jail sentence of 1,075 years but an appeal court ordered a retrial involving 215 defendants.
Ten of them were also given 8,658 years in prison by the court in Istanbul. Many of the other defendants were given shorter terms.
Oktar and hundreds of his followers were arrested in 2018 from his home on a litany of charges, including running a criminal organisation, tax offences, sexual abuse, and counter-terrorism laws.
During his arrest, Oktar told journalists that the allegations made against him were “lies” and “a game by the British deep state”, a topic he had frequently spoken about in the past.
In January 2021 he was convicted of 10 separate charges, including leading a criminal gang, engaging in political and military espionage, sexual abuse of minors, rape, blackmail and causing torment.
He was also charged over alleged links with exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, who the Turkish government accuses of masterminding a failed military coup in 2016 which killed 251 people and injured more than 2,000.
An upper court overturned that ruling.
Oktar’s views have earned him a degree of notoriety both in Turkey and abroad, having been arrested multiple times before 2018 and having spent time both in prison and a psychiatric unit over the years.
Multiple copies of his widely ridiculed book “the Atlas of Creation” were reportedly shipped unrequested to academics and libraries. In the book he claimed Darwin’s theory of evolution lay at the root of global terrorism.