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Kiambu kick-starts drive to give birth certificates to over 30,000 residents.

Kiambu County Commissioner Wilson Wanyanga at Huduma Centre Thika during the official launch of the RRI birth certificates drive aimed at clearing the backlog in the County.
Kiambu County Commissioner Wilson Wanyanga ha officially launched a one month Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) that will give residents an opportunity to obtain birth certificates.

In a colourful ceremony at the Huduma Centre Thika, Wanyanga said that the county currently had a backlog of about 30,000 uncleared birth certificates and the drive would fast track processing of the document.

“This drive will help weed out brokers who have been coning unsuspecting members of public. We will ensure that we have enough staff and equipment to process the document and that by August 1, we expect to have attained 100% registration,” he said.

He called on chiefs and their assistants to conduct mass sensitisation to ensure those have not registered do so.

Thika region, which serves Juja, Ruiru, Thika town, Kandara and Gatanga in Murang’a County and parts of Machakos County, have about 10,000 unprocessed applications.

Area Civil Registrar Mary Muriuki said that they currently had a 12-member staff but acknowledged having received 50 booklets able to process 5,000 birth certificates.

She however assured residents that they would manage to clear the backlog once they received their second consignment.

She also raised concern over 5,000 uncollected birth certificates saying they are working with national government coordinators to ensure their owners get them.

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