Yesterday I paid an impromptu visit to the Homa Bay County ID registration center.
There are more than 10,000 ID applications from the County that have been submitted to Nairobi but have not been received; Some have been outstanding for more than six months. This despite the fact that the service charter says it should take 30 days.
There are close to 5,000 IDs that are lying in the Registration centers and are yet to be collected across the County.
There are close to 2,000 new applications that have not been sent to Nairobi; simply because the County Registrar lacks photo printing paper. The paper they received from Nairobi is of poor quality and cannot work with their machines.
To resolve this ugly situation, I committed to provide funds so that the County Registrar can acquire photo printing paper and forward the 2,000 forms to Nairobi with immediate effect.
I will also demand a statement from Minister Nkaissery to explain the undue delays as well as measures being taken to ensure the held up IDs are released within 30 days. I will also demand that action must be taken against those who supplied sub standard photo printing paper to the Registrar.
I also discussed and agreed with the Registrar on a plan of action for rolling out mobile registration across the County. I laud the MPs and MCAs who have already hit the ground. I also noticed that many young people are taking a very keen interest in the Kipande drive. We will seriously increase the intensity of the mobile registration centers in the next two months.