The Huduma Namba registration exercise that is ongoing across the country came up at the just concluded Kwale county dialogue conference with citizens criticizing the exercise saying Kenyans were not consulted.
Kwale county dialogue conference chair Hemed Mwafujo accused the national government of implementing the Huduma Namba listing without seeking public participation which is a recipe for tension in the country.
“There was no budget for the exercise which is costing the tax payers Sh6 billion and we are wondering where the money came from to sponsor the same,” he said.
Addressing over 100 delegates drawn from across the country including religious leaders, civil society, women, youths, farmers, boda boda, business community, fishermen and community leaders at Red cross- Mvindeni at the closure of a two days conference today, Mwafujo said that there must be consultation from national government to village level on issues touching the public.
The Issue of historical land injustices in Kwale was also raised among national dialogue issue where delegate proposed new land survey and adjudication to be done.
Through the county dialogue chair Mwafujo, the delegates raised the issue of marginalization and inequitable distribution of resources saying that there should be equitable distribution to citizens without political, religious or class discrimination.
Emphasis, he said should be put on the marginalized, minorities and persons with disabilities.
Doctor Japhet Muthoka said that Kwale County has been distributing tractors to all wards regardless of what residents prefer which is wrong in terms of equitable resource distribution.
“We need resources to be equitably distributed to citizens of Kwale,” said Muthoka.
The delegates also proposed an audit of devolution to be undertaken immediately to establish the status of implementation and steps being taken to address the runaway corruption in counties and national government.
“We want county election board dissolved to pave way for new ones to avoid similar challenges that were experienced in the previous elections. A massive voter registration program should be undertaken by IEBC and local civil society organizations,” added Mwafujo.
Mwafujo said that the county dialogue conference proposed the upgrading of Ukunda Airstrip and open up Dongo-Kundu bypass to expand the county’s economy especially tourism.
“We also call upon Kwale county residents to unite and make the county a better place for social, economic and political coexistence,” he noted.
“While appreciating the national dialogue initiative spearheaded by president Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, we have noted with concerns that unity of purpose cannot be achieved in the absence of integration, cohesion and reconciliation,” said Mwafujo.