The President has today extended the controversial NIIMs registration exercise that was to end tomorrow Saturday 18th May by a week to the 25th May 2019. In a press statement the President said “We have come to the end of the mass registration phase of the Huduma Namba exercise. I would like to commend and appreciate the commitment and patience of the 35million Kenyans who have registered so far
Today is the penultimate day of this registration exercise and I take this opportunity to salute the men and women who have made this a success. In particular the 42000 young Kenyans working as Registration Assistants and 8000 Registration Officers and the 400 ICT officers distributed in 6all our sub counties in the country. However, I have observed with concern the long queues formed during these final days of the exercise in different parts of the country. It brings to the fore an ingrained last-minute rush habit that holds us back. Nevertheless, Kenyans are determined to register for their Huduma Namba and I have obliged to the numerous requests to give them an opportunity to do so.
I have directed the National Inter-ministerial Committee for implementation of this programme to extend the registration period for another 1 week. In this regard therefore, the exercise will effectively close on Saturday, 25th May 2019 at 6.00pm
I wish to urge those who have not registered to take full advantage of this extension and not to wait until the last day. The Diaspora mass registration exercise which started on May 6th, 2019 will continue throughout all our missions globally and shall close on 20th June 2019.
I encourage each and every Kenyan to become a part of this momentous change that will help to positively transform Government delivery services for the benefit of all Citizens”.
The exercise which has seen long queues and confusing threats from various government mandarins has been the subject of a controversy. The exercise which has registered 35 million Kenyans is thought to be intended as a commercial vehicle by leading families according to prominent economist.