Former Vice President Moody Awori 's biometric details are taken to register for the Huduma Namba. He said the number will be crucial in accessing government services. Photo: Wycliff Ananda / KNA

Former Vice President Moody Awori on Wednesday May 15th registered for the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) at his home in Kileleshwa, Westlands Constituency, in what is seen as an endorsement of the process and encouragement of senior citizens to do so.

Speaking after the registration, Mr Awori, urged members Kenyans to register before the end of the exercise on May 17. The government has said there will be grave implications for those who do not register and vowed it will not extend the registration period.

He said it is important that each individual gets the Huduma Namba as it will help in identification and the government to plan its policies and programmes.

“You never know when you will need the service from  government and if you don’t have the Huduma Namba the service may be slower,” said Mr. Awori, who served as Kenya’s Vice President between 2003 and 2008.

He joins a number of prominent Kenyans who have signed up for the number, including former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Deputy President Dr William Ruto.

Awori, who retired to a low-profile life, was on in December 2018 appointed as a member of the Sports, Art and Social Development Fund board by President Uhuru Kenyatta to the chagrin of many young Kenyans who argued he was too old for a public service assignment.

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Westlands Deputy County Commissioner Mawiira Mungania who facilitated the registration said the government in the spirit of door to door registration of Huduma Namba, is committed to register senior citizens of this country who have served the country diligently.

“Senior citizens who have served the country and are not able to reach the registrations centres and have made a request will be registered at the comfort of their homes,” said the DCC.

He said the Sub-County has enough registration officers and will ensure that the process reaches everyone at the grassroots.

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Mr Mungania asked those who have not registered to do so before the end of the process assuring that the speed of the process has increased since the officers have gained experience unlike the first days when the exercise commenced. “The process takes an average of 4 mins per client, even though the queues are long they will be able to be serve fast,” he added.

Family members of the VP and workers were also registered.

The DCC said Westlands Sub-county whose target is 584,392 as of yesterday had registered 215, 947 people

In her remarks, Ms Patricia Awori, the daughter of former VP Awori said she is impressed with the service and the speed with which the process is being done.

“I have been hearing that people are kept waiting endlessly and that those conducting the exercise did not know how to operate the equipment,” she said, “what I have seen is different.” Family members of the VP and workers were also registered.

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