Set up births and deaths office in Cheptais town, activist tells government.

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A section of Cheptais town in Mt Elgon constituency. Photo/Oti Oteba/Newsflash.

The government has been asked to set up births and deaths office in Cheptais Sub County to help reduce expenses of seeking the same services somewhere far.
A Mt Elgon human rights activist cum politician Amos Chemabus has decried the high expenses residents are incurring to acquire such important documents.
Speaking in Bungoma town on November 19, Chemabus stated that majority residents lack the vital documents due to biting poverty and the distance they are supposed to cover to access them.
“Our people have to travel all the way to Kapsokwony or Bungoma towns to acquire those documents, am calling on the government to set up an office in Cheptais town and deploy officers that will help us speed up the process, the population has grown and as residents we need such services close to us,” said Chemabus.
He said that with the creation of the devolved units, residents are supposed to get services close to them and there is no need of incurring expenses traveling far when they are supposed to be served at the door step.
“As the government puts in more efforts to ensure that all school going children present their birth certificates to the ministry of Education before they are enrolled, Cheptais residents are having hard time to acquire such essential documents and it has compelled them to travel all the way to Kapsokwony town to get such documents,” he complained.
Chemabus also proposed that the government should set up a mobile office at Cheptais and Kopsiro so that they may be attending to the applicants once a week.
“The essence of the Sub County is to devolve government services or bring services nearer to the grass root, not only birth death certificates but also other documents such as land tittle deeds among other essential documents should be availed to the nearest centers,” said Chemabus.
He said it has been difficult for widows and widowers to acquire death certificates of their beloved once since the concerned offices are very far and majority of them can’t access them due to lack of funds.
“With other government offices available in Cheptais market, Let births and death certificates offices be opened here, it an important office that doesn’t lack customers on daily basis.