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Huduma Namba: ‘Second Round of Mass Registration Coming Soon’ PS Kibicho

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One will get another chance to register for Huduma Namba if he/she missed out in the first phase, this is according to Interior Principal Secretary Dr. Karanja Kibicho.

Dr. Kibicho, speaking during a debriefing session with a Parliamentary committee on Wednesday, September 16 revealed the second phase will commence soon and e-cards will start being issued before the end of the year.

The Ksh.18 billion program has come under scrutiny of late with Kenyans wondering what happened to it after conclusion of the exercise.

The Huduma Namba Card. Source: Twitter

Dr. Kibicho also highlighted preparations which are now complete and the mass production of the Huduma cards will commence by December.

“Everybody will have an opportunity through either the mass registration session two, or themselves walking to the registrar of persons in future if they also miss out because this will be continuous process to eternity,” he disclosed.

“All the data of those who took part in Huduma Namba has been merged and cleaned up, we have created a state of the art data center…we had to create both the redundancies and a data center that we would be sure keeps this data safe.”

He noted that the e-card will have all the data merged and installed in an electronic chip and Kenyans will no longer need documents like Identity Cards, NHIF and NSSF cards.

Kibicho, who was accompanied by his ICT counterpart Jerome Ochieng, added that the Huduma Namba program is currently at an adjudication process which is aimed at ensuring captured fingerprints match the ones in the real database.

The directive comes a day after Soy MP Caleb Kositany called for accountability of the Huduma Number funds and the status of its implementation.

“Could the Cabinet Secretary provide the status of the implementation of the Huduma Number whose registration exercise in 2019 was directed as mandatory by the government for all persons?

“How does the government intend to use the said number and when will the Huduma Number cards be ready for collection and use?” he asked.

Kositany also asked about the funds used by the government in the process including registration services, rendered and acquisition of biometric kits used.

He further asked how the people who failed to register for Huduma Number due to lack of documents access government services if the number is effected.

The government promised that the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) would be an all-in-one pass to efficiently access services from government agencies.

Kenyans queuing to register for Huduma Namba in 2019. Source: Citizen Digital

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