In Summary
  • Baringo County Commissioner Henry Wafula said the exercise has been marred by poor network coverage in far-flung areas.
  • In Kakamega, the exercise was delayed due to inadequate biometric machines and network hitches.

Registration for the National Integrated Identity Management System (Niims) that started this week might fall short of netting its target due to challenges posed by the machines and network hitches.

This comes even as President Uhuru Kenyatta said that, since the exercise started 16 days ago, a total of 11 million people had registered for the Huduma Namba. The government is targeting to register 40 million citizens by May 17.

In his Easter message to Kenyans, President Kenyatta also announced that registration for Kenyans who live abroad will kick off on May 6 and will be conducted in embassies and consulates.

A spot check by Saturday Nation this week established that faulty machines were hampering the exercise.

In the North Rift, defective kits have frustrated the exercise with officials revealing that the machines had broken down, forcing them to suspend the exercise to a later date.

DELAYS

Residents of Uasin Gishu expressed their disappointment saying that the machines were a let-down and discouragement, with long queues characterising the exercise in Eldoret.

Mr Jesse Kiprotich, a resident, on Friday said that he had been in the queue at the town’s Huduma Centre for over four hours and was yet to make any significant progress towards the registration booth.

A registration assistant in Soy constituency who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the exercise has been marred by challenges.

“The gadgets at times fail to capture fingerprints, forcing us to repeat the process more than five times, which slows down the process. Apart from that we usually run out of registration forms and are forced to close for the day,” said the source.

In Trans Nzoia, only 160,000 residents had registered by close of business on Friday.

The number is way far below the government’s target of 1.3 million. County commissioner Samson Ojwang’ asked residents to take advantage of the Easter holiday and turn out to register.

NETWORK

In Baringo, the exercise has been marred by poor network coverage in far-flung areas, County Commissioner Henry Wafula confirmed.

However, he said that locals were turning out in large numbers in various parts of the region.

The county commissioner noted that the registration in the region stands at 56 percent.

In Bomet County, faulty registration machines have hampered the exercise.

For instance, the Saturday Nation on Thursday witnessed an error in which the machines jammed and failed to generate an electronic number.

Officials issued reference numbers and told those affected to collect a number containing their details on a later date.

County Commissioner Geoffrey Omoding said that the hitch had mostly affected Konoin Sub-County in the last one week, which decelerated the exercise.

He said that a total of 200,000 residents had been registered out of the targeted 1.2 million.

INADEQUATE DEVICES

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