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Ruto’s government can fund every Kenyan child if leaders are accountable – CS Jumwa

By Sammy Waweru February 13th, 2024 2 min read

A Cabinet Secretary has claimed that the President William Ruto-led Government can provide funding for the education of every Kenyan child.

Gender CS, Aisha Jumwa, has stated that the Kenya Kwanza government possesses the necessary funds to ensure that all children receive an education.

However, according to the CS, achieving this would require every leader, particularly at the county level, to be accountable.

“President William Ruto’s administration has significant funds to educate our children, and all we need is for leaders in every county to unite and establish a Bursary County Committee,” Aisha said in a video.

The CS emphasised that almost every elected political leader has a bursary allocation, and with the committee, there will be transparency in the disbursement of funds.

“A Member of County Assembly (MCA), a Woman Representative, Member of the National Assembly (MP), and the Governor, each has funds allocated for bursaries,” said the vocal CS.

The former Malindi MP stated, “Every leader has funds, and if we distribute them equally, all children will have the opportunity to attend school”.

Jumwa was the first Kilifi County Woman Rep in 2013 and successfully vied for the Malindi MP seat in 2017, serving until 2022 when she joined Dr Ruto’s administration.

According to the CS, who is a close ally of President Ruto, many children do not attend school due to the lack of transparency among the custodian leaders responsible for allocating funds.

“Some beneficiaries are selected based on familiarity. Some are even chosen based on the parents who elected the leaders, while others are favoured unfairly,” alleged the CS.

To address these issues, she suggests legalising the National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF), with the CS promising to engage the head of state on the matter.

Additionally, CS Jumwa insisted on the formation of the Bursary County Committee, calling on leaders to come together to address the issue.

The CS’s assertion about a wealthy Government’s ability to ensure all children receive an education contradicts Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua’s remarks, where the second in command has been recorded claiming that Dr Ruto inherited a dilapidated economy from his predecessor, Uhuru Kenyatta.

Gachagua has consistently blamed the former President for meddling with the Kenyan economy.
To some extent, the DP claimed that they found an empty caucus, with “rats having escaped due to lack of food”.

The President and his principal assistant now claim they have stabilised the economy.