In Saku Constituency, the demand for bursary support has surged to 80 percent, as the devastating effects of drought and climate change continue to impact the livelihoods of local communities.

Member of Parliament for the area, Colonel (Retired) Dido Rasso, emphasized the detrimental impact of recurrent climate-change-induced droughts on the primary livelihood of local pastoralist communities, which is livestock rearing. Despite efforts to diversify into crop farming and trade, these communities are grappling with the consequences of environmental challenges.

Col. Rasso asserted that the government, under President Ruto’s leadership, remains committed to providing equal educational opportunities for all children in the country. He assured that deserving cases would receive the necessary support to pursue their education without interruption.

Moreover, the legislator called upon the NG-CDF committee to ensure the prudent use of public funds allocated to the constituency. He cautioned against the involvement of rogue contractors and urged residents to actively participate in the oversight of development projects to ensure adherence to standards and timely completion.

During a bursary disbursement event at Marsabit Moi Girls School, where Sh55 million worth of bursaries were distributed to 4,813 students, Col. Rasso reiterated the importance of accountability in public spending. The event was presided over by Gabriel Tongoyo, the chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on National Administration and Security.

The bursary disbursement included sponsorship totaling Sh25 million for 3,000 secondary school students and Sh30 million for 1,813 students enrolled in universities and colleges. This increase in the bursary kitty reflects the growing number of needy cases and parents’ inability to meet their children’s school fee demands.

Mr. Tongoyo commended the role played by NG-CDF in facilitating growth and development across the country. He also emphasized the importance of peace in fostering development, urging residents of Marsabit to continue coexisting harmoniously.

Highlighting the government’s commitment to restoring security in areas prone to banditry, Mr. Tongoyo reiterated that security is paramount for enabling development and improving the lives of Kenyans. He urged residents to safeguard the hard-earned peace and warned against engaging in hostile activities, emphasizing adherence to the law.