The Nandi County Government has been given a 14-day ultimatum to release funds for its Education Bursary to assist children from needy backgrounds across the county.
Nandi County Transparency Group Chairman Kiprotich Cherargei questioned the County Government’s failure to disburse the fund on time despite the County Assembly allocating at least Kshs 60 million in previous financial years.
Charargei accused the county government of taking too long to assist students despite allocating the funds since 2013, and warned that he will sue the Government of Nandi if it fails to release the funds within 14 days.
Speaking over the weekend, Cherargei who has declared interest in the Senate seat, further warned that no more excuses or explanations will be tolerated, given that the County Bursary Committee that is mandated to manage the fund is already in place.
“All cumulative allocations from 2013 must be disbursed, or the government must be made to account for previous allocations to the kitty,” said Cherargei.
“The Governor had been blaming the Assembly for failing to enact a legislation to support the disbursement of the kitty, but I now want to remind him that County Bursary Act which will regulate the funds has been gazetted,” said Cherargei.
He further asked the Governor Cleophas Lagat to ensure all the bursary funds which have accumulated for last three years be disbursed at once to ensure needy and deserving children from poor backgrounds are able to continue with their education.
Tinderet Ward Member of County Assembly (MCA) Kipkirui Chepkwony had last week said that the Assembly has been approving Kshs 60 million each financial year for the past three years.
He assured residents that the funds were available as had been approved by the Assembly,adding that all the necessary legislations had been put in place.
Chepkwony maintained that the county should release the funds as soon as possible so as to allow school going children go to school on time and beat deadline given out by the government.
In a quick rejoinder, the government through Deputy Governor Dominic Biwott confirmed that the funds are ready and will be disbursed next week.
According to Biwott, each ward will receive close to two million shillings, but he was non-commital on funds approved in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 Financial Years.
The Deputy County boss said the disbursement of the funds was part of his government’s plans to improve education standards and urged all deserving students to apply to be beneficiaries.