The government will not extend the period that has been set aside for registration of Kenyans in the Huduma Namba initiative.
Central Regional Commissioner Wilson Nyagwanga says the government has no budget for extension of the program.
Speaking when he inspected registration of persons at Mataara, Kamwangi and Gatukuyu villages in Gatundu North, Nyagwanga said those employed in the whole initiative have to be paid but the government had not considered that during the commencement of the program.
The state official decried that central Kenya could miss out on its over seven million targets by the close of the set deadlines.
He revealed that only 2.3 million, less than 45 percent of people from the populous region have registered against a target of over seven million.
Nyagwanga ordered local administration including chiefs and their assistants to pull up their socks with regard to the program by conducting extensive sensitization and taking the services closer to the people.
While clearing out that the region is not experiencing any technological hitches, the regional boss particularly urged chiefs to conduct door to door services to the disabled and the elderly to ensure that no one misses out.
“Kenyans should stop the attitude of rushing to comply with anything when time has lapsed. Unregistered Kenyans should come out now to be enlisted because we will not extend the period, there are no resources for extension-there is no budget. We have the capacity to register every person within the remaining period if there is proper cooperation,” he said.
He made his remarks amid mixed reactions from locals who decried that low sensitization has been done.
“I have not registered because I do not only see the need but also because no one has dared to tell me what it is about. What I know is that I have an identity card, KRA pin and birth certificate which guarantee me access to government services,” George Oluoch, a paint brander said.