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Using forged documents in applying for bursary may earn Sh 200,000 fine 

Forging or altering supporting documents while applying for bursary fund will earn the applicant a fine not exceeding Sh 200,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year if the Nakuru County Assembly approves a proposed law.

While moving a motion before the second reading of the Nakuru Bursary Fund Bill 2019, the Assembly’s Early Childhood, Education, Vocational Training and E-Government Committee Chairman Mr Douglas Aiyabey said if enacted into law, the Bill will guarantee that only deserving cases benefit by curbing favoritism, corruption or highhandedness in issuance of bursaries.

Mr Aiyabey said the Bill proposes establishment of the County Bursary Committee with a mandate to source for funds and scholarships from local and international corporate entities, humanitarian agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations to supplement finances disbursed by the Exchequer.

“By expanding our source of funding, we will be able to reach many deserving cases and reduce disparities and inequality in the provision of education and improve education standards and literacy levels in the county,” noted Early Childhood, Education, Vocational Training and E-Government Committee Chairman.

To enhance fairness, the Bill has further proposed the creation of an independent committee at the ward level. The Ward Bursary Committee will comprise one representative from learning institutions, a representative from each village elected by residents, four members representing youth, women, people living with  disability and marginalized communities in the ward.

Mr Aiyabey in his remarks during the session chaired by Deputy Speaker Mr Samuel Tonui stated that the proposed statute will enhance transparency and accountability in disbursement of the funds as the Bill has proposed tough penalties for committee members who flout set guidelines on identification and award of bursary.

“Any committee member who contravenes provisions of this Act shall upon conviction be guilty of an offence punishable by a fine not exceeding Sh1 million or a jail term not exceeding three years and censored from holding public office if the Bill is passed into law,” Mr Aiyabey stated.

If the Nakuru County Bursary Bill, 2019 sponsored by Keringet Ward Member of County Assembly Mr Antony Rotich is assented into law any person who deliberately gives false information to get bursary will pay a fine not exceeding Sh 200,000 or be sent to jail for a term not exceeding one year or both.

Seconding the motion Kiamaina Ward MCA Isaac Gathitu said that the Bill will ensure only needy, vulnerable and bright students get the valuable scholarships.

Mr Gathitu, a member of the Early Childhood, Education, Vocational Training and E-Government Committee added that with the law in place, the County administration will ensure that the beneficiaries get adequate and sufficient funds on time.


“Staff employed by Members of County Assembly have traditionally enjoyed the privilege of selecting beneficiaries igniting claims of discrimination against applicants who come from areas that do not support the leaders,” Mr Gathitu said.


He noted that Bursary committee members who commits an offence as prescribed under Public Finance Management Act shall upon conviction be sentenced to a term not exceeding two years or a fine not exceeding Sh1 million or both.


Contributing to the motion Gilgil Ward MCA Ms Jane Ngugi observed that in most parts of the country bursary funds meant to support poor learners ended up being paid to ghost recipients with cash illegally transferred from the Bursary Fund Account.


Ms Ngugi stated that there was an urgent for a law that will stop ‘haphazard’ disbursement of the bursary fund, a situation which she noted had opened loopholes for manipulation and corruption in the process.


“If we pass this law, bursary disbursement will be timely, transparent and structured. Committee members will now be appointed based on their competence and not due to influence of interested parties such as politicians,” added the Gilgil MCA.


Lare Ward MCA Wanjohi Nderitu observed that devolved units across the country continue to lose millions of shillings through fraudulent multiple irregular allocation of bursaries to needy students.


Due to the absence of a structured manner of disbursing funds Mr Nderitu revealed that in some instances unscrupulous bursary committee members double allocated the money to undeserving cases.


“The culprits interchange the order of names, but maintain the admission numbers of each of the favoured students. If we pass this law such crooked practices will have immediate and effective legal remedies,” the Lare MCA pointed out in his contribution.


Following the second reading, the Nakuru County Bursary Bill, 2019 will now proceed to committee stage where all clauses, amendments and proposals for change will be debated.

Nakuru Deputy Governor Dr Erick Korir (Left) when he issued a bursary cheque towards needy cases in 11 Sub-Counties


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