President Kenyatta and the First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta have become the first Kenyans to hold their Huduma Namba Cards.
Interior CS, Fred Matiang’i presented the two with the cards in the Mashujaa Day celebrations in Kisii.
“On behalf of my colleagues in the inter-ministerial committee on this historic day, I would like to report that the process is now complete and we have developed the Huduma Namba.” Matiang’i said as he presented the cards.
“Your Excellency, today you and the First Lady will be the first recipients of the sample Huduma Namba card which we hope will be rolled out as soon as the National Assembly completes the process of the appointment of the Data Commissioner as directed by the High Court.” Matiang’i went on.
The President and the First Lady stood up to receive their cards, which they held aloft for Kenyans to see.
Additionally, Matiang’i presented the card to ten other Kenyans, marking the first twelve people to get the Huduma Namba Card.
However, people took issue with the fact that all the othe ten were men, pointing to continued marginalization of women.
Huduma Namba remains divisive
The government launched Huduma Namba (National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS)) project on April 2019.
The Huduma Namba Card holds a unique number for each holder. it also has details of a person’s ID card number, NHIF, NSSF, Birth Certificate number and other personal identifiers.
During the early phases of the projects, the government went hard, issuing threats and deadlines for applying for the cards.
However, the High Court ruled on April 1 against the government making the exercise mandatory. They also ruled against issuing of deadlines for the project.
However, Huduma Namba remains a controversial topic. A number of Kenyans did not register for the process. Though the government will roll out a second registration process, many remain skeptical of the whole exercise.