MOMBASA, Kenya, Apr 16 – Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and his political arch-rival Suleiman Shahbal of Jubilee on Tuesday rallied residents of Mombasa to register for Huduma Namba.
Joho and Shahbal arrived at the Treasury Square at 11am accompanied by MPs Abdulswamad Nassir (Mvita), Mishi Mboko (Likoni) and Mombasa Woman Representative Asha Hussein for the exercise.
Joho and Shahbal said they have put aside their political difference and urged Mombasa residents to come out and register in big numbers for the Huduma Namba, also known as the National Integration Identity Management System (NIIMS).
Joho said he wholeheartedly support the Huduma Namba registration.
“Huduma Namba is not something new because it is being implemented elsewhere in the world. As a country we are already late in its implementation,” said Joho.
He directed Mombasa MCAs, the County Executive Members and the sub-county administration officials to enlighten residents on importance of this exercise.
Joho said he was angered by Kenyans who are mocking ODM leader Raila Odinga for allowing government to use his image on billboards as a campaign for Huduma Namba registration.
“I’m left wondering, why do people try to make jokes and mockery out of very important exercise such as this one? Who said that we should always oppose governments?” he posed.
Shahbal said he had come to support the exercise.
“I’m here today to register with Huduma Namba with by brother (Joho). We decided to put aside political difference and support government initiatives,” said Shahbal.
Mombasa County Commissioner Evans Achoki said they target to register about 1.5 million Mombasa residents by the end of the exercise.
“We have 411 registration assistants who are moving door-to-door to register people. We have asked them to aim to register at least 200 people per day and, if they achieve that, they will be considered to be also employed during census,” said Achoki.