KNA A door-to-door major campaign involving chiefs and elders has been launched in Garissa County to trace the owners of more than 9,000 uncollected Huduma Namba cards.
According to the new County Commissioner Boaz Cherutich, the current drought in many parts of the county and destruction of mobile network masts by Al-Shabaab terror group activities that has cut off mobile phone communication could be the reason for the huge backlog of uncollected Huduma cards.
So far, over 9,938 out of the 22,996 cards so far received remain uncollected. “Many residents have either migrated to other areas in search of water and pasture or have not received text messages alerting them on where to pick their cards due to lack of mobile network connectivity and this could be hampering the collection of the cards,” Cherutich said.
Addressing the press after a closed door meeting with chiefs and their assistant at the government guesthouse in Garissa, Cherutich said the campaign coordinated by the chiefs and heads of Nyumba kumi initiative across all the sub counties will kick off very soon.
“Those Kenyans who are supposed to collect either cannot be traced or do not have the information that the cards are available in our offices. We have made arrangements to make sure that all the cards are distributed to the registrations of person offices in all the sub-counties,” Cherutich said.
“In order to attain our targets and ensure that the 9,938 individuals are issued with the cards, we have commenced a very aggressive exercise that we are calling a door-to-door campaign that will be conducted by our chiefs, their assistants and Nyumba kumi elders,” he added
The county commissioner said that his office has formally written to mobile service providers requesting them to restore their services and promised to deploy additional security personnel to ‘terror hot spots to guard the masts’.