Uhuru receives first Huduma Namba Card as rollout process nears

Huduma Namba
President Uhuru Kenyatta with First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. [Photo: State House Kenya]

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday told Kenyans to get ready for the rollout of Huduma Namba cards as he received the first sample together with First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i presented the cards to Uhuru at Gusii Stadium in Kisii where the Mashujaa Day fete was held.

While addressing Kenyans on the same, Uhuru said all is ready for the rollout of the Huduma Namba cards.

“We are now ready to start issuing cards to Kenyans …so that they can start getting them online and stop the long queues in government offices,” Uhuru announced.

Matiang’i said that the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) process is now complete and awaiting rollout after Parliament vets and approves the Data Commissioner. 

Last week, the Kenyan government published a set of rules for the issuance of Huduma Namba identification cards.

The National Integrated Identity Management System Rules, 2020 were published by the Registrar of Persons.

“The objects of these rules are to provide mechanisms for operation of the NIIMS (National Integrated Identity Management System) and facilitate the assigning of Huduma Namba and issuance of Huduma card to a resident individual,” the legal notice by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i read.

In September, Interior Ministry PS Dr Karanja Kibicho told a parliamentary committee that 37.7 million Kenyans were registered in Phase one.

Kibicho also said that they are rolling out a second drive for registration to capture details of 10 million Kenyans who did not register in the first drive held in April and May 2019.

“We have been directed to do another phase of mass registration. Kenyans who missed out have an opportunity to register,” the PS said.