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Moyale bursts its target in Huduma Namba registration

Lack of  National Identity cards, birth certificates and poor network coverage has prevented counties from achieving their  Huduma Namba registration targets.

However,  Moyale Sub County burst its figure by more than 8,650 persons as the mass registration came to an end on  Saturday.

Some 89,240 people were registered in Moyale sub-county during the national mass registration for the Huduma Namba which  was extended for one more week by the president to enable more Kenyans to register.

The  Moyale Assistant County Commissioner  One (ACC I), Victor  Wanjohi  while talking to KNA on Monday when he received the Huduma Namba  registration materials from the registration and assistant officers said they had targeted a total of 80,590 but there was an increase of 8,650 which is 110.73 percent during the closure of the exercise on Saturday.

“We could have registered more than 110 percent but among the challenges were lack of birth certificates and national Identity Cards (ID) which locked out majority of residents of Moyale from the Huduma  Namba registration exercise whereby for those who are 18 years and over they are seeking to be issued with identity cards and have to undergo a vetting process so that they can be issued with identity cards” Wanjohi said.

Among other challenges were poor network coverage at the grassroot levels where transmission of the data captured took a lot of time and sometimes the registration assistants were being forced to move up to Moyale town for transmission.

Meanwhile, Kitui County registered 975,432 residents in the just concluded Huduma Namba mass biometric data capture, despite a variance of 550, 998 of the total projection of 1,526, 430 population.

Speaking  to  the press  on Monday in his office, acting Kitui County Commissioner, Jackson Ole Chuta said that the variance  was occasioned by the rural-urban migration of a section of the populace captured from the 2009 population census.

“The  data used for the target population was based on the 2009 Housing and Population Census. Majority of  the people  have died since then due to natural attrition or other causes leaving a huge variation in the 10 year-window,” he said.

He  lamented that some of the residents lacked valuable documents such as identity cards and birth certificates which  were critical during the data capture exercise.

“Those  who lacked these vital documents absconded from participating in this critical exercise. Some displayed don’t care attitude despite concerted efforts to ensure everyone residing in this county was registered,” said the administrator.

Elsewhere, a total of 495,348 people in Laikipia County have been registered with National Integrated Management System (NIIMS) also known as huduma Namba.

The  Laikipia County Commissioner, Onesmus  Kyatha said this is against a set target of 648,588, intended to have been  registered by the deadline of May 25, 2019.

While speaking to KNA in his Nanyuki office on Monday, Kyatha thanked all the stakeholders involved in the registration which stands at 76.3 per cent and admitted the turnout was good.

By  KNA  Team

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