Huduma Namba, is a mandatory national digital registration of all Kenyan citizens and foreigners from the age of six.
It is conducted by the National Integrated Identity Management system (NIIMS) and involves collecting biometric data after which the systems generates a unique number (Huduma Namba) which will enable one to access government services. Such services include applying for driving license, ID, birth certificate among others.
The government set aside six billion shillings for this exercise and kicked off pilot testing on Monday across 15 counties including Nairobi, Makueni, Uasin Gishu, Embu, Busia, Kajiado, Baringo, Marsabit, Kilifi, Kisii, Tana River, Embu, Kisumu, and Wajir.
Launching the project, PS, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government of Kenya, Karanja Kibicho assured Kenyans that they did not have to go to their places of birth to register.
Together with my colleague from @MoICTKenya Jerome Ochieng & other National & County government officials, we launched the pilot phase of the biometric registration for #HudumaNamba programme. All you need to register is your national ID card or driving license or your passport. pic.twitter.com/xLcKv2w7c7
— Dr. Eng. Karanja Kibicho (@Karanjakibicho) February 18, 2019
However, one will need to be physically present for the exercise. This is because it will require biometrics such as fingerprints and facial recognition.
You will also be required to have an identification card for the process. This is meant to ensure that the information on the identification card corresponds to what has already been recorded.
The project will be free of charge and Kenyans have been urged to turn up in large numbers and register.
The exercise will run for only 30 days and the mass registration will begin on March 18, 2019.
According to the statement by the government, the project aims at securing Kenyans against impersonation and fraud. It will also help authenticate personal data and give them access to government services.