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Biometric registration progressing well in Kilifi County

The  National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) dubbed Huduma Namba mass registration exercise is progressing well in Kilifi County.

The  Coast Regional Commissioner (RC), John Elung’ata accompanied by Kilifi County Commissioner (CC), Magu Mutindika visited various registration centres in Chonyi and Kaloleni sub counties.

Elung’ata who spoke to KNA on Tuesday in Mariakani Township along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway says the process “seems to be going well with no major logistical  challenges.”

The administrator said the new programme will help Kenyans to access government services more easily.

He said the reports he is getting from the six coastal counties of Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, TaitaTaveta, Tana River and Lamu are encouraging one week since the digital registration exercise began.

The Interior Ministry is conducting the nationwide mass biometric registration drive that began on April 2 and is scheduled to run for 45 days.

The RC said Huduma Namba will be a useful tool for the government to use in national planning, social services, project resource allocations and project infrastructure.

Elung’ata  who also last week visited Taita Taveta County to inspect NIIMS exercise said he will ensure a smooth process of the biometric registration exercise.

He appealed to everyone, including politicians and religious leaders to support the exercise because it is good for the country.

Mutindika said they are targeting to register 1.4 million residents in Kilifi in the ongoing mass digital listing of persons.

He urged locals to ensure they register so as to help the government in social-economic planning.

Albert Mzungu senior assistant chief of Marere sub location in Chonyi Sub County said they are happy with the progress of work so far and called on residents to register in large numbers.

Tsuma Mwaunga a youth leader at Mwembe Swere location said the youth are embracing the programme which he said will benefit young people a lot.

The  Mariakani senior chief, Joyce Kombe said residents were slowly embracing the registration scheme and that all the activities were going on without hitches.

By  Mohamed Hassan

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