Lack of birth certificates hampers Huduma Namba sign up


File image of government officers registering for NIIMS.
File image of government officers registering for NIIMS.

Lack of identify cards and birth certificates among high school students and children respectively in Buuri East has hindered Huduma Namba registration.

Area DCC Peter Jumwa said they have registered 51,000 people so far.

He revealed that they initially had a target of 99,000 people.

The DCC however advised residents against last minute rush adding that all registration machines are in good working condition.

The situation was similar in Luanda, Vihiga, where most of the children who turned up had no birth certificates.

Mukhalakhala Chief Amos Okaka said they were unable to register them as birth certificates are one of the documents required.

In Kuresoi South and Kuresoi sub-counties, Nakuru County, residents called on the Government to extend the deadline for registration.

According to them, delayed issuance of birth certificates for hundreds of them and more so children risks locking them out of the process.

In Bararget village, Keringet ward, one parent–David Sigei–noted that several people including parents and children were turned away as they had no birth certificates.

He and other parents reportedly spent several months at birth certificate offices in Molo but to no avail.

“Only two out of my five children have acquired birth certificates and the rest have not due to the delay in issuance at Molo sub-county offices where hundreds frequenting the area are turned away,” Sigei said.

Registration officers said they have registered over 6,000 people but their greatest challenge remains lack of birth certificates.

Residents are pleading with the government to streamline release of birth certificates in Molo.

Report by Mugure Riungu, Francis Onguko and William Sawe.

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