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Huduma Number Cards Officially Ready, CS Matiangi

Dr. Fred Matiangi, the Cabinet Secretary of Interior, announced on Tuesday 20th October 2020, that the Huduma Number cards are officially ready.

The CS announced the news during the Mashujaa day celebrations held at Gusii Stadium in Kisii County.

” Just over two years ago, your excellency (President Uhuru), you directed that we commence the National Integrated Identity Management System, it’s now my pleasure on behalf of my colleagues in the interministerial Committee to report on this historic day that the process is now complete, and we have now developed the Huduma Namba,” Said Dr. Matiangi.

The CS added that the Huduma Namba intends to integrate the public personal data so that every Kenyan gets a ‘Single Source of Truth’ or in Swahili referred to as the Huduma Namba.

Issuance of the Huduma Namba Cards

President Uhuru Kenyatta and the first lady Margret Kenyatta were the first Kenyans to be issued with the sample Huduma Namba Cards.

“Today, you (President) and the first lady will be the first recipients to the sample Huduma Cards which we hope to be rolled out as soon as the National Assembly completes the process of appointment of the Data Commissioner as was directed by the High Court,” added the CS for Interior.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta holding the Sample Huduma Namba Cards during 2020 Mashujaa Day Celebrations at Gusii Stadium in Kisii County.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta holding the Sample Huduma Namba Cards during 2020 Mashujaa Day Celebrations at Gusii Stadium in Kisii County. (Photo/NTV)

List of First 10 Kenyans Issued with Sample Huduma Namba Cards

Other than President Uhuru Kenyatta and the First Lady, the following 10 Kenyans from the Kisii County were issued with their sample Huduma Numbers.

  1. Laban Ouru Siro
  2. Evans Amenya Bosire
  3. Aloyce Mosoti Okero
  4. Silvester Achuka Mose
  5. Bonface Moseti Oyaro
  6. Evans Gwaro Nchoga
  7. Kevin Bwire Mubandi
  8. Lawrence Nyanuga Omambia
  9. Evans Maiko Mose
  10. Henry Lerioka Nyabuto

OverView of Huduma Namba

Huduma Namba Card
Huduma Namba Card

What is a Huduma Namba?

Once registered in the NIIMS database, after the entry of an individual’s biometric data, you will be issued with a card Huduma Namba.

The card will have a unique number for identification purposes and facilitate the ease of service delivery from the government.

Personal Details Digitally Contained in the Huduma Number Card

The Huduma Number Card will be a sigh of relief for many Kenyans from cramming, memorizing numbers, and carrying with them many cards.

During the Huduma Number registration exercise, the following details were given and would be digitally stored in the NIIMS database:

  • Place of birth
  • Passport number and expiry date
  • Disability registration number
  • Birth Certificate Entry number
  • National Social Security Number (NSSF)
  • National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) number
  • Driver’s license number
  • Permanent and Current address
  • Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Personal Identification Number (PIN)
  • Contact details
  • Parent or Guardian name and ID/Passport number
  • Marital status and spouse name and ID/Passport number
  • National Education Management Information System (NEMIS) number

Brief on National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) program

In 2018, the Kenyan Government initiated the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) program via the President’s Executive Order No. 1 (2018).

In the end, each Kenyan would be issued with a single card called the Huduma Number Card.

Uhuru’s government initiated the NIIMS Program to create and manage a central master population database. The database would act as a ‘single source of truth’ containing all the details of Kenyans.

According to the government, the NIIMS database will contain information of all Kenyan citizens and foreign nationals residing in Kenya and will serve as a reference point for ease of service delivery to the people of Kenya.

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