PAC Members visit Huduma Centre in Nairobi
Parliamentary Accounts Committe members on Monday made an extensive familiarisation tour of Huduma Centre at GPO and expressed satisfaction with the high quality of services being rendered to the public.
The chairman of the committe, Nicholas Gumbo said the tour was necessitated by procurement concerns raised in the Auditor General’s Report for 2013/2014 financial year with regard to the costs of setting up Huduma Centres.
“We are satisfied with the high level of services but we also have to ensure that there is value for money in the process of setting up the Huduma Centres,” Mr Gumbo said.
Mr Gumbo said his team will look at the contract and procurement documents with a view to verifying whether taxpayers got value for their money. They will also look at how specifications were arrived at and whether there was fair competition in the award of tenders
Addressing the media after the tour, Gumbo said that this is common procedure for PAC before writing a report and tabling the findings to parliament. He added that his commitee will also visit other Huduma centres coutrywide on a similar mission to consolidate all the facts before writing a report.
He was accompanied by PAC committe members Kanini Kega and Andrew Mwadime, Public Service and Youth Principal Secretary Mrs Lillian Mbogo-Omollo and Huduma CEO, Dennis Mutuku.
Huduma centres were established in 2013 as a one stop shop that allows wananchi to access government services under one roof in an efficient and courteous environment. Currently,there are 28 huduma centres across the country offering over 30 different services.
According to the GPO Huduma centre manager, Florence Shabati, the centre serves between 5000-9000 persons every day. Some of the most sought after services include Identity cards and registration of businesses.