The State Department of Correctional Services Principal Secretary (PS), Ms. Zainab Hussein has decried the low turnout in Huduma Namba registration exercise in Nairobi County and urged the public to visit registration centres.
Ms. Hussein said by the end of Monday May 6, only 2 million people had registered whereas the county’s target is 5.6 million.
She said the government expects all Kenyans to register before the end of the designated period for the exercise to enable the state plan its policies and programmes for effective service delivery.
Speaking on Tuesday during the launch of Nairobi County mass registration exercise for National Integrated Information Management System popularly known as Huduma Namba at Kabete National Polytechnic in Westlands Sub County, the PS said.
Huduma Namba is vital as it will enable the government to know the whereabouts of all citizens and to bring services closer to the people.
She said Huduma Namba will help the government to plan issues of education, security and development among others.
“Huduma Namba will have an individual’s information on Kenya Revenue Authority pin, identification, birth certificate, passport, NHIF card, driving licence, Itax in one place, making those seeking services get them faster since the information will be digitized,” said Ms. Hussein.
In his remarks, Nairobi Regional Commissioner (RC), Wilson Njega called on all leaders in the county to support the programme and mobilise people around them to register.
He said the turn out in huduma namba registration in Westlands Sub-County is not impressive, noting that as of yesterday only 162,000 had registered compared to Kasarani Sub- County who have so far registered over 361,000 people.
The RC said Huduma Namba will help to expose fraudsters who have been using other people’s names and identity cards to register fraudulent deals related to land and tax evasion.
“The current documents we possess have multiple registration, but with Huduma Namba people will only have one number thereby eliminating all incidents of insecurity. This will make it difficult for one to register using another person’s name or details,” added Njega.
He said the registration exercise starts from 7 am to 5 pm daily from Monday to Sunday and urged all Nairobians to register as they have only two weeks since the exercise ends on May 17 this month.
Speaking at the event, the Member of Parliament for Westlands Constituency, Tim Wanyonyi told Kenyans not to be suspicious of the registration, saying the exercise will enable the government to properly plan its policies and programmes.
“It will also help the government to deal with insecurity issues brought by people who have been entering the country secretly,” noted Wanyonyi.
The Nairobi County Commissioner (CC), Flora Mworoa said the huduma namba is not related to the biblical number 666 and dispelled rumours that blood sample was needed for registration.
The function was also attended by Deputy County Commissioner Westlands Sub- County, Mawiira Mungania and the Chief Principal Kabete National Polytechnic, Charles Akach among others.
By Bernadette Khaduli