Govt to Switch Off Simcards if You Fail to Register for Huduma Namba
Communication Authority of Kenya(CAK) has stated that Kenyans will not be able to access sim-cards without the huduma namba.
The Director-General CAK Francis Wangusi affirmed that the deadline for registration will be on May 16, 2019.
“We will ask service providers to shut down SIM cards of those who will not have acquired Huduma Namba,” Mr Wangusi stated.
“Those without SIM cards will not be able to purchase new ones without Huduma Namba,” he added.
On Thursday last week, the Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang'i stated that it was not compulsory for netizens to register for the number.
"We are not going to force anyone to do it, we are only telling everybody its common sense and sensible for them to register," he stated.
However, the Cabinet Secretary implored Kenyans to undertake the Huduma Namba registration exercise at it was a noble responsibility that would enable Kenyans in streamlining service delivery.
"If you don't have a huduma namba you will receive government services, but it will take an unduly and unnecessarily long time for the officers to serve you," he revealed.
President Uhuru Kenyatta had stated that the Huduma Namba will provide a digital national population register which will be a single source of truth of personal data on all Kenyans and foreign nationals who reside in the country.
He added that the National Integrated Identity Management System will help in the Big 4 Agenda by improving accountability and transparency in the management of the NHIF and inform planning, investment and allocation of affordable housing.
He also added that the Huduma Namba will reduce transactional costs for all Kenyans since they will no longer be required to obtain and carry multiple IDs.
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