By Kenneth Marangu
Tharaka Nithi County Commissioner Beverly Opwora has asked 98, 793 residents of the region who have not been registered under the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) to do so before closure of the exercise on Saturday.
Interior CS Fred Matiang’i today noted that 31 million people have so far been registered but maintained that the government will not extend the registration period for HudumaNamba beyond May 18, 2019.
Opwora said 364, 707 Tharaka Nithi residents had been registered translating to about 78.6 percent out of the targeted population of 463, 500 people and further stressed that the registration will enable the government plan and offer services more efficiently.
Speaking to the press at her office in Chuka town, the administrator noted that some registration assistants had been deployed at local tea buying centers to register women taking their harvest there.
“We have officers visiting the villages, at chiefs’ offices and even Huduma Centre and those who have not registered should take advantage of that so that they are not closed out of the government program,” Ms Opwora said.
She cited parts of Tharaka North and Maara Sub Counties as areas where residents were turning out in low numbers but assured that proper strategies had been put in place to ensure that all are registered.
“We have put in place proper measures to ensure we reach out to the two areas where low turnout has been witnessed. I call upon local leaders and the clergy to help in mobilization,” She appealed.
Ms Opwora noted that a big number of students in primary and secondary schools as well as those in colleges had not been registered calling on parents to take needed documents such as birth certificates to respective schools to facilitate their children registration.
The officer also advised unregistered residents who only had photocopy documents to also visit the centres stressing that the same were being accepted.
“The officers are also accepting photocopy documents especially for birth certificates. Therefore that should not bar our people from registering for Huduma Namba,” she noted.
She further lauded local prison heads for cooperating with the officers and ensuring that all the inmates were registered.
The administrator further pleaded with members of Kabonokia sect who oppose Huduma Namba registration to avail themselves and their children for registration at the respective centres arguing that doing so would enable them easily access quality government services promtly.