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A sigh of relief as govt commits to take services closer

The government is still in search of piece of land before the work commences

By Albert Lemomo

The government has pledged to establish a birth and death office in Kajiado North, following residents’ complaints over ‘unnecessary’ delays, and expenses they incur traveling from Ngong to Kajiado town to collect the crucial documents.

The residents have been appealing the government to fast-track the establishment of the office, saying that it will relieve them the expenses.

While speaking to Kajiado Star in her office, the County Birth and Death registrar Christine Gachao said the government has committed to establish the office, and that it is only awaiting identification of location, before the construction commences.

“We have held fruitful engagements with the area Deputy County Commissioner (Tom Anjere) and he has assured us that he is looking for a place to host us and as soon as we have; the place, requisite equipment’s and staff, then we would be ready to move in and assist the people of Kajiado North”.

Earlier on, Millicent Wanjiru, a resident, while speaking to the Kajiado Star, lamented that, some of the residents are involved in menial works, and they still have to spend their hard-earned coins to travel from Ngong to the Kajiado offices to apply and collect the documents.

“Some of us walk from house to house in search of menial jobs, expectedly to get some few coins for the upkeep of our families, only to find ourselves in a scenario whereby we spend the little amount traveling up to four times, or more, to the Kajiado offices for services that can be provided here in Ngong, if there were offices”.

Adeline Machocho, on her part, decried the congestion at the headquarters office citing that the staff numbers need to be increased: “Even after travelling all the way down up to here the services are delayed and sometimes we are referred back to our homes because the certificates are not ready therefore they should increase the number of officers so that they can process the important document faster and most importantly open an office in Ngong so that we can be served from our sub county in which we will no longer have to waste time and the little resources we have,” she said.

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