Birth, death certificate services to be offered at Huduma Centre – CS Matiang’i
Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has announced that the Huduma Centre will begin offering birth and death registration services.
Speaking to the Press outside the Central Registration Centre in Nairobi, the CS said the services will start on Monday, November 4.
“In the last one year we have tried all manner of tricks with this department including transfer some people, giving them a pep talk, training them and even trying to explain to them that we should not frustrate our people but its all fallen on deaf ears,” he said.
“People have turned public service into a business and you have to bribe to get a service…We are not going to work that way! We will work like responsible and decent public servants,” he added.
Earlier, several officers from the Civil Registration Bureau (CRB) were arrested by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) over corruption claims.
The officers from various departments are accused of soliciting bribes from the public to process birth and death certificates.
Police Inspector General Mutyambai, who had accompanied the CS, also released a list of 24 officers being pursued over graft claims.
He revealed that there are pending arrests will take place at hospitals in Nairobi involving suspects believed to be part of cartels in the registration for certificates.
Among those sought are the CRB regional coordinator Paul Kagiri, principal records officer Charles Akwoni, principal civil registration officer Charity Mwadime and her assistant, Jane Maina among others.
This follows concerns from citizens about the slow processing of certificates at the department’s ACK Bishop House offices.
CS Matiang’i on Friday said that within one month there will be no more backlog of cases warning that he would camp at the offices if that is what it takes to eradicate poor service delivery.
He further assured parents that they will have the birth certificates ready in good time to take their children to school.
“We are going to work throughout the weekend day and night to ensure that come Monday, this office will be totally different,” the CS said.
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