Huduma Kenya aims to digitise 5000 govt services

11 October 2019

Computing

Martin Mirero from Kenya is a man on a mission. As director of ICT for the government's flagship e-services initiative, launched in November 2013, Mirero wants to build on the programme's momentum and increase the number of current services provided from 100 to a potential 5000.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Public Sector ICT Forum hosted this week in Houghton Johannesburg, Mirero said when it comes to government services, citizens demand a more expedient, more cost effective service with quicker turn-around time.

Services are provided via Huduma's network of 52 walk-in centres across 47 counties. The concept is based on a 'one-stop-shop' banking hall model involving the services of up to 40 government agencies.

Representatives of these government agencies work alongside Huduma customer service agents at the centres to process high-demand services linked to life events – from insurance, passport applications, business permits right through to marriage certificates and everything in-between.

People arrive at the centre and are issued with a time-stamped ticket via a queue management system (which Mirero said is tantamount to 'a contract with the government' that they will be served) – and then wait for their number to be announced before being directed to a workstation to be served by an and liaise with the relevant member of staff.

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