Plan to scrap bursary fund touches off storm in Kisumu
3 months ago, 14 June 07:19
Kisumu ward reps have opposed bitterly the proposed move to cut out bursary funds from the upcoming budget in a tiff that has seen fist fights in the House.
On Tuesday, a scuffle at the County Assembly, which led to exchange of blows and firing of shots in the air, only seemed to escalate wrangles that have rocked the lakeside county in recent days.
At the centre of the quarrel is the scholarship financing kitty known as the Ward Bursary Fund.
Created under the former administration of Jack Ranguma, each of the 35 wards has traditionally been allocated about Sh5 million to fund the studies of needy students.
Routinely, poor students get a minimum of Sh5,000 to top up on their school fees.
Now, the Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o's administration has mooted plans to scrap it and allocate the money to other priority areas.
The two MCAs involved in the scuffle maintained that it had nothing to do with the woes at the executive, in reference to a situation where senior officers in Prof Nyong’o’s government were involved in threats to shoot.
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