In Summary
  • Mr Joho said the registration should have been done a long time ago.
  • He said Niims is a noble idea initiated by the President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration.
  • The Mombasa county boss said for the citizens to hold the government to account they must be known to it.

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho has slammed people criticising his party leader Raila Odinga over his decision to support the ongoing Huduma Namba registration.

Mr Joho Tuesday said he wondered why people think that everything being done by the government should be opposed.

“I have seen people focusing on Mr Odinga [and asking] why he has put a billboard showing that he is in support of this exercise. I am saying we need more of those billboards. We are not supposed to be objecting to everything,” said Mr Joho.

The billboard, whose pictures have gone viral, has an image of Mr Odinga and a caption reading: “Nimejisajili… Je wewe? (I have registered myself, what about you?)

NOBLE IDEA

Mr Joho, previously a fierce Jubilee critic, said the National Integrated Identity Management System (Niims) is a noble idea initiated by the President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration.

“As your governor I support this process and I urge all of you to back it,” said Mr Joho.

The governor told the residents that he is among leaders best placed to know whenever there is mischief or not in any project being done.

“But on this one, you have my word, hakuna noma hapa (there is no problem here),” he added.

He said Kenyans have had a habit of opposing any project initiated by the government without first doing a thorough assessment.

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