Crisis might erupt if the government does not intervene and save it’s Huduma Centers from Closure due to rent arrears.
According to a Business Daily report on Thursday, February 3, at least half of the country’s Huduma Centres are facing eviction due to rental arrears totaling Ksh1.7 billion.
The money is owed to Kenya’s Postal Corporation, which is owned by the government (PCK).
Speaking before the Parliamentary Administration and Security Committee, Public Service Principal Secretary Mary Kimonye argued that if PCK goes ahead with the closures, public data would be jeopardized.
“Posta is demanding Sh1.7 billion in rent arrears for hosting the Huduma Centres.” According to the publication, some of the Huduma Centres are now being evicted, and government data risks being compromised.”
The famous Nairobi GPO, as well as others in Kakamega, Nakuru, Meru, Mombasa, Machakos, Kisii, and Bungoma, are among those facing eviction.
While testifying before the committee, Kimonye also urged Parliament to increase financial support for the sector, citing its importance in service delivery.
“Some of the Huduma Centres, such as Embu, are very small, and there is a need to acquire a larger space,” she added.
National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF), Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), and National Social Security Fund (NSSF) are among the services provided.
Huduma Centres have faced numerous challenges since their inception, including fires and the effects of the pandemic, which disrupted in-person service delivery.
Huduma Centres experienced technical failures in September 2021, preventing Kenyans from accessing the critical services provided at the time.
At the same time, a fire engulfed the ninth floor of the Kisumu Huduma Centre building, resulting in the destruction of important documents.
Office computers, office files, and furniture were among the items destroyed. The fire was later determined to be as a result of arson.