Uasin gishu MCAs will now control 40% of development funds, This is after Eldoret High Court dismissed a case seeking to stop the county legislators from controlling Sh1.5 billion for development.
Giving the ruling on Wednesday Eldoret High Court judge Hellen Omondi dismissed the suit that had been filed by the Centre for Humans Rights and Mediation (CHRM). It sought to block implementation of the Uasin Gishu County Equitable Development Act.
MCAs had approved the Act giving them control of 40 per cent of the funds through the wards but Uasin Gishu governor Mandago declined to sign it into law but MCAs unanimously overrode his veto the second time, effecting the law without Mandago’s signature.
Following the ruling, each ward will receive Sh30 million for development this financial year. It will be increased to Sh43 million next year.
Speaker of the assembly David Kiplagat welcomed the ruling and said they would ensure the law is implemented.
“The law is now fully operational after it was passed and gazetted,” Kiplagat said.
Assembly Chief Whip David Sing’oei supported the new law saying the Constituency Development Fund helps to spread development across the country and should be replicated in the wards.
“This will ensure governors do not discriminate some areas that didn’t vote for them,” Sing’oei said.
The County Government of Uasin Gishu has already begun to implement the historic act by conducting elections in the 30 wards.
They will manage Uasin Gishu County Equitable Ward Development Fund and implement ward projects for a term of 3 years.