Has CDF really changed ordinary Kenyans’ lives?

What you need to know:

  • In 2009, a special investigation conducted by the National Assembly found that 16 per cent of the funds (Sh3.2 billion) dispersed between 2007 and 2009 could not be accounted for
  • This is not to say that all MPs have used their funds poorly. Many welcomed the opportunity to build a reputation based on competent CDF management

When the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) was introduced in 2003, it promised to make the Legislature financially independent of the president and to bring development closer to the people.

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