President Uhuru Kenyatta was the first person to receive the highly anticipated Huduma Namba Card.
Interior CS Fred Matiang'i introduced the first Huduma Card and presented it to the Head of State and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta during the Mashujaa Day Celebrations on Tuesday, October 20.
The Interior CS further noted that the process of integration of public personal data so that every Kenyan gets a single source of identity (Huduma Namba) is complete.
The CS also appealed to the Head of State to help them roll out the process of issuing the cards after the National Assembly appoints the data commissioner.Some of the 10 recipients of Huduma Card displays them during Mashujaa Day Celebrations in Kisii on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.
At the event, Uhuru issued 10 more Huduma Cards to 10 other individuals including Laban Siro, Evans Amenya Bosire, Aloice Mosoti and Sylvester Achuka Mose.
The others were Boniface Moseti Oyaro, Evans Gwaro, Kevin Bwire, Lawrence Omambia, Evans Michael and Henry Nyabuto.
Uhuru noted that the Huduma Namba was aimed at easing means through which all Kenyans receive government services.
"We are now ready to start issuing Huduma Cards to all Kenyans so that they can get the services online with no queues," stated the Head of State.
In a previous interview, Matiang'i had noted that an individual's information including the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) number and their Personal Identification Number (PIN) would be contained in this one number.A person holding the new Huduma Namba Card unveiled on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.File
"The registration was the first step, then the syncronisation of the data sets before we give you that one number. We make sure that every person has got a file that is complete. Your NHIF details are there, your pin details are there, then we give you the number.
"That exercise is what is going on and we are at the tail end of it and everybody will get a Huduma Namba. With the Huduma Card, you don't need an ID Card," he explained.
Previously, reports had been rife that the Huduma Cards would be issued in May 2020 but the pandemic hit in March derailing the plans.
In January, Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna had told Kenyans.co.ke that citizens who gave their correct information during the registration process would receive their Huduma Nambas through their mobile phones.
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