Kenyans initially ignored calls to register for Huduma Namba, but hours to the Saturday 6pm deadline, photos told a different story.
Winding lines, that are synonymous with D-day mad rush, were the order of the day at Huduma Centres and stations listed for registration.
The queues were reminiscent of national elections when Kenyans were out in droves from 4am.
Asked if they would give up and go back home, most residents said they would brave the conditions for their turn. Many stood in line for hours under the unforgiving sun. No preference has been accorded to senior citizens, pregnant women or even mothers with babies in the queues.
Part of the crowd that sought registration were KDF soldiers and students, some who seemingly had to skip classes.
Whilst Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i mentioned Saturday 6pm as the deadline, one can still be listed at the chief’s office later.
Matiang’i’s order only affected the mass registration.