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CS Kuria makes U-turn on introduction of service fees at Huduma Centers

Public service CS Kuria denounces an earlier statement on the introduction of service fees at Huduma Centers.

Public service, performance, and delivery management CS Moses Kuria reversed his prior statement that Huduma centers would charge Kenyans a small fee for services.

During the official takeover of the state Department of Public Service, Performance and Delivery Management on Monday, October 16 at Harambee House, Kuria stated that the service fees would be implemented to allow Huduma Centers to generate income and reduce the burden on the exchequer.

”You have been enjoying these services without paying, there is no more free lunch. You have to pay for it, we will introduce a fee for government service and private service to support our e-commerce because Huduma Centre will be the backbone for e-commerce,” Kuria said.

However, public service CS hours later, denounced the statement terming it as a misrepresentation of what he meant.

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He explained that the service fees will be paid by state departments that use Huduma Centres for their services. 

“The Public is already paying government departments for services offered through Huduma centers but those departments do not pay Huduma centers for distributing their services to the public,’’ Kuria stated while denying the earlier sentiment.

”Such departments are the ones to pay fees for service, not the public, but it would be a dull day for the media if they do not misrepresent me,” he added.

At the same time, Kuria said he will have a microscopic view of all projects done by National and County governments.

“We have no time to waste and everybody must be ready to work extra hard to make sure all these projects are completed on time. No time for laziness,” said Kuria.

Kuria added that he will rebrand the Kenya School of Government to Africa School of Government where other African countries will be coming here for their training.

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