The county government of Homa Bay has made it mandatory for its staff members to register with the National Integrated Identification Management System (NIIMS), popularly known as Huduma Namba.

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Speaking on Thursday, the county Deputy Governor Hamilton Orata said that each and every county staff must be registered, adding that the county will use Huduma Namba data to audit their payroll going forward.

Speaking when he got registered, Orata noted that defaulters will be considered ghost workers and removed from the payroll.

This, he said, is as the county seeks to reduce its wage bill by cutting down its workforce.

“Any employee who wants to continue working with the county government must register for Huduma Namba. A person whose details fail to feature in the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) will be removed from the payroll,” said the Deputy Governor.

County Commissioner Irungu Macharia said that the registration has had some problems since it began, adding that it is now fully on course.

He noted that a quarter of the 1.6 million target population has since been registered.

“We used to have challenges of network and shortage of forms but the exercise is now moving smoothly. The clerks have registered 26 per cent of the county population,” said Irungu.