President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday revealed that the pilot phase of the National Integrated Identification Management System (NIIMS) or Huduma Namba had unearthed a shocking number of ghost workers within the National Police Service.
Speaking during the launch of the registration process in Machakos county ,The President noted that a total of 1,447 ghost officers on the pay roll did not turn up for the registration during the pilot program.
“We conducted a pilot of this initiative within the Police Service late last year and we discovered 1,447 people who were receiving salaries and they are not there. Among the Administration Police we discovered 1,048 ghost officers and 152 in the DCI.That comes to about 5,000 people who do not exist because if they were there they could have already come out to register,” he said
Elsewhere Orange Democratic Party Leader, Raila Odinga insisted that the ongoing Huduma Namba registration process is a must and Kenyans should not be barred from taking part in the exercise.
Odinga said the success of the program in the country will be one for other countries to emulate.
“Mahakama inasema sio lazima, ikiwa kama kuna kitu inatakana kuwa lazima ni hii… ningekua jaji huko ningesema hii kitu lazima ingekua ni lazima,” said Mr. Odinga. (The High Court has said it (NIIMS) is not a must, if there is a process that needs to be mandatory, it’s this… if i was the judge I would have ruled the process to be compulsory.)
The program was officially launched today in different parts of the country where leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula presided over the ceremonies at different venues.