A mobile identity card issuance drive has kicked off in Siaya, with the national registration bureau officials targeting both the youth attaining the voting age and older persons holding the old generation identity cards.
According to the County Registrar of Persons, Dickson Osore, the drive, jointly organised by his office and local leaders and professionals, has been necessitated by the fact that a number of young people attaining 18 years of age were unable to visit registration offices on time due to various reasons
Speaking at Boro divisional headquarters in Alego / Usonga constituency during the launch of the mobile drive, jointly organised with a medic, Dr Julie Caroline Onyango, Osore at the same time lamented that more than 3,000 identity cards are lying uncollected at various government offices across Siaya County.
Osore said efforts to trace the owners of the cards, even with the help of chiefs and their assistants, have proved futile
“Some cards have been lying uncollected in our offices for more than six months,” said the registrar who urged anyone who could have applied for the document in the past to visit registration offices.
Osore said the mobile drive was targeting youths who are attaining 18 years of age and will be conducted across all the locations in the county.
“We are also appealing to the older people, some with the old generation identity cards that are no longer in use to turn up at our offices or at the mobile registration centres to be registered for the second generation ID that is currently in use,” said the registrar.
Speaking during the occasion, Dr Onyango said most residents of Siaya were unable to benefit from crucial government services because of lack of an identity card.
She said that professionals from the County have taken it upon themselves to help the locals acquire the document so that they could benefit from programmes like the Uwezo Fund among others.