Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i says that more than five million Kenyans have so far registered for 'Huduma Namba.'
The mass biometric registration of all Kenyans aged above six years was rolled out across the country 10 days ago after a successful pilot program in 15 counties.
Speaking in Kisumu on Friday, CS Matiang'i says the government targets to list more than 40 million Kenyans by the end of the exercise on May 17th.
“Huduma Namba is here to benefit us all. You should not listen to those spreading falsehoods,” Matiang'i says.
He also says more registration centers will be opened next week as directed by President Kenyatta and have the exercise start from 6 am to enable more people to register.
Matiang'i has also urged Kenyans to enroll in the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS), saying the database will ease access to government services and eliminate graft cases.
“The two top leaders [Kenyatta and Odinga] have led by example and I appeal on the rest of Kenyans to follow suit and benefit from the move which will make it easier for them to access government services."
"Let us be honest, Kenyans are suffering, when seeking services at a government facility you are told your file has disappeared and told to bribe someone for you to be assisted, we want that to end," notes Matiang'i.