‘CDF Is Illegal,’ Says CS Yatani, Explaining Why the Government Won’t Disburse Funds.

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Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani has announced that funds will not be disbursed to the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) following the Supreme Court’s ruling on Wednesday that it was illegal.

The CDF was declared null and void, according to Chief Justice Martha Koome, because the kitty violates the division of functions between national and county governments.

“More recently, in the CDF Case (2022), the Supreme Court held that allocating funds to the CDF before dividing revenue between the national and county governments is unconstitutional,” said the CJ in a Recorded Televised Address to Senators attending an induction retreat in Naivasha.

“Whatever advice we receive from the Attorney General, we will follow, but as it stands, it is illegal.”

Aside from the CJ’s remarks, Senators heard from representatives of the Attorney General’s Office, the Auditor General, and the Council of Governors about inter-governmental relations with the Executive.

Anne Waiguru, the newly elected chairperson of the Council of Governors (CoG), weighed in to emphasize the importance of adhering to the six-judge bench ruling.

“The CDF is a delicate issue that only the Supreme Court can interpret,” Waiguru said.

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