Media Guru Jeff Koinange covering a low turn-out Huduma registration exercise in Washington DC approximately 1000 Kilometers from the City he got fired from as a CNN reporter was reduced to a village market preacher as there was no crowd to cover except Embassy employees, and a lonely lady that had panicked and boarded a plane from Illinois to DC.
It was unusual compared to the hey-days when this son of the once powerful State Minister Mbiyu Koinange would cover a war zone for CNN like a movie star acting the movie “where eagles dare”.
This time he was not in Darfur reporting while avoiding bullets but was covering an exercise that has not impressed the Diaspora and to stress the failure of the exercise further, he concluded that America is a huge continent and proper logistics has to be put in place for the exercise to succeed.
The outgoing Ambassador Dr Robinson Githae too was quick to contain the embarrassment and said that they will consider taking services closer to the people.
He is all the same taking services to the Diaspora of whom a majority don’t even have proper identification papers required.
Kenyan parents in USA initiative of taking passport and ID services closer to the people was stopped by the same Ambassador and one wonders why the Huduma number is more important than the e-passports and the National ID.
If he succeeds in taking the Huduma number to the States, he should first set in place centers for ID and passports to combine with the magic number Kenyans must take by June 19 deadline.
We in the Diaspora are not impressed by the Government failure to issue important documents first and instead rush to issue a number that is shrouded in mystery and linked to foreign masters.
The Government will not succeed in this exercise if it will be carried out without the e-passports and ID issuing and all groups are hereby advised to pressure the Government to take all identification services to all States just like Kenyan Parents in USA are doing
If the Ambassador start the mobile issuing of the Huduma number, without e-passort he will only register few people, not more that 5,000 out of an estimated 150,000 Kenyans living in America alone.
STOP PRESS STOP PRESS
Report reaching us say that less than 200 people have registered so far.
As Jeff heads back to Kenya, he may not write a convincing phenomenal story to his boss as the coverage was just a big flop given his ability to cover other meaningful gigantic events. If this event was a by the way coverage, then that is okay but if not, Citizen just wasted money for a report that could have been covered here locally.
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