The National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has directed Mizani Africa to table a report before the CDF Committee explaining the criteria the firm used in ranking the prudence of CDF use by the 290 elected MPs in Kenya.
This comes just a day after Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro was named the best manager of CDF by Mizani Africa, a research firm.
The nationwide survey conducted by Mizani Africa interviewed 1, 068 people on their perception of the performance of their individual constituencies in the 2017/2018 financial year.
The research firm recognised Kiharu for its “proper utilisation of public funds as well as notable developments towards education, security, sports and environmental preservation.”
Uriri and Mvita constituencies came in second and third respectively in the study.
Other best performing constituencies in the research included Kitutu Chache South in Kisii County and Kabete in Kiambu County. Suba North in Homa Bay, South Imenti in Meru, Embakasi West in Nairobi, Nyeri Town in Nyeri County and Mandera East in Mandera County also made it to Top Ten in the list.
And now the MPs want to know how the rankings were arrived at, claiming the data could have been cooked to paint certain legislators as “more hard-working than others”.
Minority Leader in the National Assembly, John Mbadi, said in Parliament Wednesday (February 26) that Mizani Africa did not interview relevant officers in his constituency while conducting their research, and, therefore, there could be a high chance that the sampling was skewed to ensure they conformed with “predetermined results”.
“I asked my funds manager if he was asked any question by Mizani Africa, and he said he only received an e-mail [questionnaire], which he did not respond to,” said Mbadi.
The Suba South MP said it was unfortunate that some ODM MPs even took the trophies to their Party leader, Raila Odinga, to express their delight at being ranked among the top prudent-users of CDF.
Mbadi said some MPs have “resorted to paying conmen to do shoddy research, which would skew results in their favour.”
Mogotio MP Daniel Tuitoek was the one who opened up the debate on Mizani Africa’s rankings. Tuitoek said the firm was not registered to collect data relating to CDF use in the country.
“The firm is registered to do online business, and not data collection,” alleged the MP.
Following the mass protests in Parliament, Speaker Justin Muturi directed that Mizani Africa should table before the National Government Constituencies Development Fund Committee (NG-CDFC), chaired by Maoka Maore, a report that shows how they collected the data on CDF use, and the criteria they used to arrive at the rankings.
Muturi ordered that the report should be made available in two weeks’ time.