Hundreds of residents from South Sub- County, Embu, on Wednesday benefited from Huduma Kenya mobile outreach programme, Huduma Mashinani, designed to bring government services closer to the people.
The caravan of the programme initiated to give Kenyans access to government services at their convenience by extending services from the current physical locations to the grassroots has been traversing various locations in the county rendering services to locals.
The programme has come as a relief to boda boda operators who turned up in large numbers for the ongoing registration drive that had turned out to be an expensive affair for many who have to travel all the way to Huduma Center in Embu Town to enlist.
“The development could not have come at a better time for us as we are faced with a double challenge of travelling all the way to Embu town to beat the registration deadline at a time when there is a biting fuel shortage,” said Kiritiri boda boda operator James Njagi.
Another service that attracted a large number of people was free healthcare where locals were screened for various diseases such as cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and eye disorders and also given free medicines for minor ailments.
“I came here for eye checkup and it is our wish here as elderly people that more of such camps are held regularly to save us from the agony of travelling far and wide in search of healthcare,” said John Mutiso.
Embu Jubilee Party Senatorial aspirant and former Public Service PS Lillian Mbogo Omollo who has been mobilizing locals to turn up for the services said the government means well for the people and that is why it had rolled out such initiatives aimed at taking services closer to the people.
By Samuel Waititu