April 22, 2024
From left, sitting Robert Mbui, Kathiani Mp, and Deputy Leader of Minority in the National Assembly. James Opiyo Wandayi, Minority Leader in the National Assembly. Makali Mulu Kitui Central, MP

From left, sitting Robert Mbui, Kathiani Mp, and Deputy Leader of Minority in the National Assembly. James Opiyo Wandayi, Minority Leader in the National Assembly. Makali Mulu Kitui Central, MP

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From left, sitting Robert Mbui, Kathiani Mp, and Deputy Leader of Minority in the National Assembly.
James Opiyo Wandayi, Minority Leader in the National Assembly.
Makali Mulu Kitui Central, MP
From left, sitting Robert Mbui, Kathiani Mp, and Deputy Leader of Minority in the National Assembly. James Opiyo Wandayi, Minority Leader in the National Assembly. Makali Mulu Kitui Central, MP

Opposition MPs have dismissed the announcement by the government on Monday that it will disburse the outstanding capitation funds to public schools in the next 10 days.

MPs allied to the Azimio La Umoja Coalition termed the promise a “game of lies” and called on teachers and parents to overcome fear and speak out boldly for Kenyan children whose future is being stolen by the government.

At a press conference in parliament buildings, the company of twelve MPs said they have lost count of the numerous times such promises have been made since the Kenya Kwanza regime took over.

“No plausible reason has been given as to why funds that should have been disbursed at the beginning of the term are only being disbursed towards the end of the term,” said National Assembly Minority Leader Opiyo Wandayi.

The MPs faulted the Ministry of Education, accusing it of setting up school heads for ridicule, failure, and blame.

“In this game of lies, our children are collateral,’’ said Wandayi.

The MPs were reacting to a statement attributed to PS Kipsang when he told the Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly on Monday that the government will next week release Sh16.25 billion toward free secondary education capitation.

PS Kipsang, who had appeared before the Committee and responded to audit queries for the year ended June 30, 2022, noted that the government allocated Sh65 billion for free secondary education capitation in the current financial year.

However, the Azimio team expressed dissatisfaction with the promise, saying that whenever the fee disbursement queries are raised, the government manages the school heads and the public by issuing statements that monies are set to be released to schools.

“Whenever the Ministry of Education has come under pressure over the disbursement of funds to schools, they do what they did yesterday; they assemble the media, put together some figures, and announce that the money will be released the following week. Most times, it never gets done, and when it is done, it is never sufficient,’’ said Wandayi.

The MPs challenged the government to deliver on the accrued promises in the education sector, noting that it is the cause of the difficulties Kenyan parents are going through.

“We are here to call out the government on the lies that have now crippled schools and exposed otherwise innocent principals and teachers to the wrath of parents and learners who buy into government lies that funds have been released to schools and other learning institutions,” said the statement.

Kitui Central MP Makali Mulu challenged the government to give clarity and a way forward on matters of free education due to the prevailing situation in the education sector.

“We are challenging the Kenya Kwanza regime to come out and tell Kenyans whether it has done away with free primary and free secondary education because, from the look of things, this seems to be the case,” Mulu said.

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