, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 19- Kenyans and foreigners living in the country have been urged to avoid the last-minute rush to register for Huduma Namba, and instead take advantage of the one-week extension to get listed.
Government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna said “Kenyans should avoid congestion in the last two days as witnessed before the extension.”
The extension was announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta until May 25.
So far, the President said, 35 million Kenyans have been listed.
Ironically, there were no long queues at the weekend, as compared to Friday on the last day of the exercise.
While the Government has spent millions of taxpayer’s money in awareness campaigns, many still say they don’t see the need of having a Huduma Namba with the only motivating factor being the fear of unknown.
“We are just doing it for the sake of it without a proper reason. It would be good if the Government enhances the campaign so that we can know its benefit,” Munif said.
Robert Mutinda was just convinced 24 hours ago since all along he knew the number is demonic. “I thought the number is related to 666 which is satanic.”
For one to be registered, clerks require at least a government issued identification document which can either be a birth certificate, National Identity Card, Driving License or the Kenya Revenue Authority PIN.
The applicant then fills out a form with all their details before being photographed and fingerprinted.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi said some of the benefits of having a Huduma Namba are easy access to government services, coordinated registration of people.
“We won’t force you to register just like we did never force you to acquire a Kenya Revenue Authority PIN,” Matiangi said earlier in the week, “you only need to be smart to know why you need this Huduma Namba.”
He also explained that it will address duplication in registration of persons and reduce operational costs, detect and prevent fraud, impersonation or any other crime.
A High Court ruling on April 1 had rendered Huduma Namba registration non-mandatory with Justices Weldon Korir, Pauline Nyamweya and Mumbi Ngugi ruling the government should not withhold services from persons who may not be registered on NIIMS.