Huduma Number to be made Mandatory -Raila

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Opposition Leader Raila Odinga speaking on Huduma number. Unknown photographer.

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga has urged Kenyans to be enlisted in the National Integrated Information Management System (NIIMS). Speaking yesterday at Olago village, Bondo sub-county Mr Odinga said the exercise should be mandatory. “This exercise will help us in many ways and the government should, therefore, make it mandatory for all Kenyans,” Odinga said.

 

He spoke during a thanksgiving ceremony for National Police Service Commission Commissioner Dr. Alice Otwala. “We know there are a number of people who have not registered because of people spreading false information about the system because they don’t understand,” said Mr. Odinga who was flanked by Bondo MP Gideon Ochanda and former Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo.CorruptionMr. Odinga also delved into corruption in the country, claiming that fundraisers were the greatest enablers of corruption in the country. “We are not targeting any individual or community when talking about corruption and we have noticed with a lot of concern that harambees are used to embrace corruption,” said Mr Odinga.

 

He said the fundraisers should be controlled as one of the strategies to win the war against corruption. Addressing the same gathering, Siaya County Commissioner Mr Michael Ole Tialal, said that the county is making good progress in registering Kenyans into the new system. “Despite the challenges that we had in the first week, we are moving on well and we shall meet our target at the end of 45 days,” said Mr. Tialal. He revealed that out of the targeted 1,077,000 people, they have registered 300,000. Ochanda said the exercise will help the government in planning.

“We are in full support of this new programme and we are calling upon everyone who has not registered to do so before the deadline,” said Ochanda.