Corruption in CDF bursary allocation


Mbagathi High School in Kibra Constituency in Nairobi is one of the schools that have been built using CDF. PHOTO/KIBRA CDF

How to apply for the Bursary:

  • Some constituencies, like Kibra usually announce when the forms are ready. Notices are posted around the constituency in conspicuous placesOthers announce on local radio stations and chief barazas.
  • Fill an application form which could be downloaded from official website of your county government .Another option is to visit the County government offices in your county or any Chief/Sub-Chief’s office.
  • You should then fill all the parts as required and truthfully. Since most applicants are minors, you need a parent or guardian to help. Some of the details required include your full names, Name of school, Your registration/ Admission number, the amount of fees you want to be paid, your Parents/Guardian name, their Identity Card Number, place of residence within that particular County, the Parent/Guardian Signature and the applicants’ results lip/report since they target the needy and bright students in the County.
  • After filling the forms, you need various signatures from the Government officials such as the Chief, Sub-Chief, Headmen and then from your priest/Pastor/Sheikh.
  • Application forms are then submitted after it is filled and ascertained that the information provided is of highest percentage of truth to the County government or to the office of the area Chief/Sub- chief who will then take them to the appropriate offices.


CDF Bursary was created after the establishment of county governments. The counties set aside a certain amount of money in their budgets to help the needy yet bright students to access education through the bursary programmes.

Successful applicants have to meet certain requirements and then money is disbursed to their school accounts by the county government. This therefore enable the needy students to access education despite their poor conditions.

But the importance of the bursaries has been questioned due to claims of corruption especially since deserving cases are often left out, or the amount issued is too little to adequately cover the fee required.

Kibra Constituency led by the late MP Ken Okoth was once voted as the best in CDF management. Hon Okoth who passed on last month was popularly known for his passion for education and that included what his constituents termed as fair distribution of bursaries.

According to  RoggKenya  in other constituencies however awarding CDF bursary has become an avenue for corruption. In May this year for example, The Auditor General could also not confirm if student bursaries worth Sh27.10 million that were disbursed to secondary schools and tertiary institutions were received as there were no acknowledgement receipts by the beneficiary institutions.

RoggKenya has therefore summarized for you the steps to be followed and the requirements in order for one to qualify from this fund.

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