Assembly passes a motion to petition the National Assembly on Ward Development Fund

The County Assembly of Kisumu has today Wednesday 30th November, 2022 adopted a motion to petition the National Assembly individually and collectively as the County Assemblies Forum (CAF) to incorporate the County Wards Equitable Development Fund in the proposed Constitutional Amendment Bill currently before the National Assembly.Contributing on the motion which was moved by Muhoroni/Koru MCA Vitalis Komudho and seconded by West Nyakach MCA Hon. James Omolo, the Members observed that the Ward Fund would spur development and improve oversight at the ward level.“There are many devolved functions which are not doing well at the ward level due to lack of adequate funds. This Fund will help to support these devolved functions and bring development in our wards,” observed Kolwa East MCA Hon. Reuben Rakwach.“The pressure we are having at the wards which are the lowest units of development is too much. We cannot devolve functions but do not devolve resources,” noted East Seme MCA Hon. Seth Okumu.The Ward Representatives thanked MPs Hon. Stephen Mule and Hon. Gichimu Githinji for sponsoring the legislative proposal in the National Assembly to amend Article 204 of the Constitution of Kenya through a parliamentary initiative in order to entrench the Funds in the Constitution.