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Lamu West MP aspirant promises to ensure transparency in bursary allocation

Lamu West MP Aspirant Josephat Musembi has pledged to ensure fairness and transparency in the allocation of bursaries under the Constituency Development Fund across the constituency’s ten wards.

Speaking in Hongwe during a meet and greet forum with area residents, the Usawa Kwa Wote Party candidate stated that hundreds of parents had already complained to him through the campaign for missing out on CDF bursary funds despite them applying for years.

“Once elected, every Lamu student going to secondary or college will be eligible to receive a bursary in order to ensure that the dropout rates are curtailed,” he said.

The former Trade and Tourism CEC cum politician further took issue with the selection criteria being used to allocate the CDF bursary’s noting that during the current MP’s tenure, handling the CDF kitty has been mired by favouritism and nepotism which he said he would rectify once elected.

“My tenure once elected will seek to support the County government’s efforts to improve education standards in Lamu,” he said.

He noted that there is need for a concerted effort between parents, guardians, and education stakeholders as well as elected leaders to provide goodwill both in financing education and rehabilitating the schools within the county.

Musembi revealed that the state of most primary schools in Lamu West are dismal despite adequate CDF allocations and if properly appropriated, more classrooms would be built to ensure education standards improve.

“Once elected, I will lobby Parliament to pass the Equalization Fund which he said would aid in building and rehabilitating schools in hard to reach areas within the constituency.

He noted that the leaders have in the past used bursaries to gain political mileage instead of assisting needy students. “You find a situation where areas perceived not to be friendly or with fewer votes to the current MP have been ignored at the expense of support bases,” he said.

Lamu West MP aspirant Josephat Musembi engages with Hongwe residents in Mpeketoni area in a meet and greet with voters in the area

His sentiments were echoed by a Mpeketoni resident Nana Shee who stated that a vote for Musembi would signal a break from the old form of leadership that she observed has not been public servant oriented.

 She noted that the area has lagged behind in terms of education which has in turn slowed down its development.

Source:KNA

 

 

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