IVten, KNA by Alice Wanjiru
Ensure all children get birth certificates, chiefs told
Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya has urged chiefs to ensure that all children within their areas of jurisdiction are issued with birth certificates.
Natembeya, who was on a tour of Elgeyo Marakwet county said most children were left out in the Huduma Namba registration due to lack of certificates and therefore it was important they get the document for them to register.
He called on chiefs to take advantage of the 100 days Rapid Result Initiative (RRI) where birth certificates are being issued free of charge to ensure that all children get their birth certificates.
“We will in the next two weeks be checking the performance of all chiefs on the issuance of birth certificates,” he said.
Natembeya instructed the chiefs to collect all birth certificates from their locality to issue to owners once they are ready, saying this will save wananchi the trouble of travelling long distances to civil registration offices to collect the same.
The RC also called on chiefs to ensure that the coming 2019 Kenya National and Housing Census exercise to be held on the night of August 24/25 will be devoid of any incidents of insecurity by ensuring that the enumerators and elders who will accompany them are known in the locality.
“It will be very important for residents to know those who will be conducting the exercise so that criminals do not take advantage,” he said.
The administrator expressed concern that Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) was still rampant in the county and regretted that some chiefs were also encouraging the illegal practice.
He warned that any chief who will take their daughters for the cut or even allow their homes to be used for ceremonies will lose their jobs.
Natembeya instructed chiefs to ensure that individuals engaged in underage pregnancies are arrested and prosecuted in efforts aimed at fighting the vice in the community, warning that the rising cases of teenage pregnancy should not be taken as the norm.