Huduma Namba: Govt Announces How to Access Cards

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret display new Huduma Cards at Gusii Stadium on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret display new Huduma Cards at Gusii Stadium on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.
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  • The state has released details of how Kenyans will access Huduma Namba cards before the national identity cards are phased out in December 2021. 

    In a statement shared on Wednesday, January 20, the Ministry of Interior indicated that the government printer has started the mass printing of the Huduma Namba cards. 

    The ministry further noted that all individuals who had applied for the document would receive a message on their mobile phones directing them where to pick their cards.

    "Mass printing of Huduma Namba cards is underway. If you registered, you will soon receive an SMS notification prompting you when and where to collect yours," read the statement in part.

    A person holding the new Huduma Namba Card unveiled on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.
    A person holding the new Huduma Namba Card unveiled on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.
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    President Uhuru Kenyatta and his wife Margaret, in October 2020 were the very first Kenyans to receive the cards that had been in the works for seven years.

    Interior CS Fred Matiang'i introduced the first Huduma Card and presented it to the Head of State and the First Lady during the Mashujaa Day Celebrations on Tuesday, October 20.

    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 card was aimed at easing identification when accessing government services.

    Matiang'i had revealed that an individual's information including the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) number and their Personal Identification Number (PIN) would be contained in the Huduma Namba. 

    Three types of the National Integrated Information Management System (NIIMS) cards popularly known as Huduma Namba cards will be issued to various groups of people. 

    Children below the age of 18 will receive the Minors Huduma Namba Card. Newborns will be required to be registered within 90 days after they are born. 

    Adult Huduma Namba Card will be issued to Kenyans above the age of 18 while non-citizen adults will get the Foreign Nationals Huduma Namba Card. 

    A worker holding a Huduma Namba card at a mass printing facility in Nairobi
    A worker holding a Huduma Namba card at a mass printing facility in Nairobi.
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