Uasin Gishu County Assembly has passed a motion to have thousands of national identity cards being withheld by hospitals due to outstanding medical bills released to owners.

If implemented the motion will see an estimated 30,000 ID’s withheld at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret town released to owners.

While moving the motion, Soy member of County Assembly, (MCA) Isaac Chirchir said there was need for Kenyans whose IDs have been confiscated to be allowed to exercise their constitutional right of registering as voters and subsequently taking part in the August 8th general elections.

“At MTRH alone, we have over 35,000 withheld IDs and this motion is meant to urge the relevant authorities to waive the outstanding medical bills and allow the affected individuals get back their national identity cards,” said Mr. Chirchir.

The motion received overwhelming support from members present who called for its speedy implementation.

“We saw it prudent to pass this motion and ensure those affected get back their IDs to enable them exercise their constitutional right when the time comes,” said Assembly’s leader of majority Josphat Lowoi outside the assembly after the motion was passed.