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MPs warn Kuria against Bill to slash CDF fund
A section of Members of Parliament have strongly opposed Gatundu South lawmaker Moses Kuria’s Bill which seeks to reduce the allocation to the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) by half.

Kuria has proposed that the fund be slashed by 50 percent and the money channeled to the Free Day Secondary Education kitty.

But his Rarieda counterpart Nicholas Gumbo has opposed his Bill and warned him saying that it will fail miserably on the floor of the house.

Gumbo defended the kitty saying its positive impacts can be felt across all constituencies.

He instead asked the government to first contain the current wastage of the free education funds before asking for more.

“Let the government look for other ways of funding secondary education, besides, we have witnessed a lot of wastage of the free primary and secondary education that we cannot add more to the kitty,” Gumbo said.

He was backed by Mbalambala’s Abdikadir Aden who said CDF has revolutionized most constituencies as schools, dispensaries and police houses have been built using the funds.

Why talks to end doctors’ strike have stalled

Negotiations to end the ongoing nationwide strike by doctors failed to take place yesterday as parties involved in the dispute took hardline positions.

Doctors are unhappy with the ministry for sending “junior” staff to the negotiation saying those negotiating on behalf of the government are not the decision makers.

KMPDU Secretary General Ouma Ouluga, told X News that the health ministry brought to the negotiating table officials who were not decision makers prompting them to walk out as the meeting would be a ‘waste of time.’

He expressed concerns that the ministry is planning to challenge the 2013 CBA in court which they claim is against the provisions of the Labor Regulations Act.

At the same time, ministry officials led by Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu are not willing to abide to the 2013 CBA claiming it was signed under ‘pressuring circumstances’ and without the involvement of the Council of Governors who are key to its implementation.

They want to the doctors to sign a return to work formulae and start fresh negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

“We shall not go back to any meeting with junior officers who cannot make decisions. Any question that arises they must make phone call to their bosses before responding,” Dr Oluga told Xnews.

New law to weed out fake graduates
All graduates seeking formal employment will have their academic transcripts vetted and qualified before they can secure any job.

A proposal by the Kenya National Qualifications Authority wants employers to authenticate academic qualifications from the authority before they can offer employment to fresh graduates.

The authority will also have the sole responsibility of verifying the authenticity of all-academic transcripts, away from tradition where institutions of higher learning had the mandate to ascertain their legitimacy.

In an interview with X News, acting KNQA Chief Executive revealed that the Kenya education system had for decades suffered from qualifications and skills mismatch, which necessitated the creation of the authority.

“We are mandated to carry out various duties but more fundamentally is to maintain a national database of national qualifications, advice and support any person, body or institution which is responsible for the award of national qualifications,” Mr Nainjakululu told X News.

Citing the example of the quack medical superintendent of Meteitei Sub-County Hospital in Nandi who was nabbed last month, Nainjakululu maintained that his team would help eradicate quacks in the various professions that have been continuously intruded the job market from institutions that produce half-baked graduates.

He said that his office will work closely with varsity senates and the commission of University Education (CUE) to ensure that all accredited institutions comply with the new standards.

“If we had this team for the last few years we would not have witnessed the likes of Melly (quack) in our country,” observed the CEO.

Mr Nainjakululu warned that the Government is obligated to ensure the credibility of university education standards are not compromised by controlling haphazard creation of new universities.

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