The use of the Constituency development fund (CDF): a case study of North Horr Constituency of Kenya (2005-2009)

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
The last four years (2004-2008) much had been talked about CDF. Every household, youth group, women group or any other group had CDF discussed either for good or bad but mainly for misappropriation. The study examined the use of the Constituency Development Fund with a view to improving its utilization in North Horr Constituency, Chalbi District of Kenya. The research was guarded by the following objectives; determine the level of access to CDF, examine how the CDF projects have been implemented, the main problems facing the disbursement and some solutions to these problems Questionnaires, interview guides, focused group discussion (FGD) and document analysis were used to collect the data. The study was confined to five Wards of the constituency namely; Torbi, Bubisa, Maikona, Kalacha and North Horr. This research utilized the case study research design. The result showed that while much had been done, there is much yet like low level access, poor disbursement, poor implementation of projects and low benefit by the constituents due to the interference of the Member of Parliament and his close associates. The uses of the Constituency Development Fund in the said wards were greatly affected by the involvement of the area MP and the close associates, the contractors and to some extent by the CDFC hemselves. Some of the misuses noted were, poor planning where the community members were not involved, poor disbursement, ineffective implementations, monitoring and evaluation of the fund. In conclusion, the Member of Parliament and the close associates have a major influence on the use, access, implementations and the disbursement of the CDF fund. It is recommended that the Member of Parliament should not appoint the CDFC but the community members be empowered to either appoint or elect them, so that they could have their allegiance to the people The CDF 2007 act should be amended; particularly section 21 as another solution for it would have done a service to the people of Kenya.
A Thesis Presented to the School of Postgraduate Studies and Research Kampala International University Kampala, Uganda In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Peace Building
Constituency development fund (CDF), Kenya