Kenyans face long lines as deadline for digital listing nears

Wednesday May 15 2019

Huduma Namba

Residents wait to register for Huduma Namba in Mombasa County on May 15, 2019. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Hundreds of Mombasa residents were on Wednesday in a rush to register for Huduma Namba before the May 18 deadline.

Earlier this week, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said the government will not extend the registration period for Huduma Namba beyond Saturday

Some parents made their children skip school so that they could get registered.

Senior citizens, pregnant women and parents with babies were not spared the pain of waiting in the long queues.

Mr Charles Owino, a resident, said he spent a second day on the queue at the Majengo chief’s camp and he is yet to get registered.

Some residents claimed they had been on the line since 3am.

“I came here at 3am and some people spent the night here. I don’t understand why it should be so difficult to get the number,” Mr Jack Maingi said.