President William Ruto on Monday, December 11 signed into law the National Government Constituencies Development Fund (Amendment) Bill in an event at State House.
The law increases bursaries under the Constituencies Development Fund (CDF) from 35 per cent to 40 per cent, a move that will facilitate continuity and completion of education by students.
The funds will also cater for school feeding programmes, especially in drought-stricken areas.
“This will check drop-outs, boost enrollment and further the Government’s efforts to increase literacy,” said National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichungw’ah.
The act also increases CDF allocation on environmental activities from two per cent to five per cent to fund for climate crisis and introduces a three per cent allocation of the Fund for Constituencies’ digital hubs.
According to the government, the hubs are key in enabling the youth to acquire digital skills to boost their employment.
At the same time, President Ruto signed into law the National Lottery Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 69 of 2023).
The law paves the way for the establishment of the National Lottery Board that will administer the newly-established National Lottery.
The board will be mandated to supervise, control and monitor operations of the National Lottery.
It will also be tasked to come up with measures to prevent fraud in the conduct of the National Lottery.
Ichung’wah who sponsored the bill at the National Assembly said the goal of the conduct of the National Lottery is to fund social development in the country.