The government is targeting to register 767, 196 residents of Nyandarua County in the ongoing National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS), the Nyandarua County Commissioner (CC), Boaz Cherutich revealed.
According Cherutich, the turnout in the region was improving each day as they were now meeting their 17,049 daily target, adding that they would attain the targeted number by the end of the exercise as proper strategies had been put in place.
“We have put proper measures in place to make sure we meet the target even before the 45 days. We have set targets for all the sub counties and we are calling upon political and religious leaders to help us in mobilizing people to register,” he said.
The Principal Administrative Secretary, State Department of Public Service, Mary Kimonye who represented Cabinet Secretary, Sicily Kariuki during the official launch of the Huduma Namba registration for Nyandarua County at Passenga shopping centre on Tuesday, dispelled rumours that the registration exercise was connected to the
2022 general election or the Biblical 666 number.
“This Huduma namba is neither related to the biblical 666 number nor is it connected to 2022 election politics. The number is a government project that aims at helping it in delivering services to the locals,” she said.
Kimonye called upon the residents to turn up in large number and enlist themselves as the number will also help in easier access of various government services.
Bishop Josam Kariuki who is also the Nyandarua council of churches chairperson said that they were supporting the government move to have all Kenyan citizen registered with the system.
While dispelling fears that the number was connected to the biblical 666 number, Bishop Kariuki said the clergy in Nyandarua County had agreed to mobilize their followers to register themselves.
“We had a meeting with all bishops across the county and we can confirm that the numbers is not related to the biblical 666 number.
“We agreed to sensitize citizens to register as it is beneficial to them,” said Bishop kariuki.
The clergy however, faulted the government for failing to conduct civic education to enlighten Kenyans on the importance of registering themselves and attributed the low turnout that is being experienced in parts of the country to lack of civic education.
Others attending the launch included members of parliament Faith Gitau (Women rep), Njuguna Kiaraho (Ol Kalou), Jeremiah Kioni (Ndaragwa), Nyandarua Deputy Governor, Cecilia Mbuthia and the County assembly speaker, Wahome Ndegwa among other county leaders.
By Jesse Mwitwa