Interior Principal Secretary Dr Karanja Kibicho announced the rolling out of the second round of registering Kenyans for Huduma number.
Kibicho was speaking on Wednesday the 16th of September 2020 during a debriefing session with a parliamentary committee. He further announced that the government would start issuing the cards by the end of the year.
Kibicho’s statements come a year after the first mass registration of the Huduma number; a project that used up ksh 18 billion. Recently, Kenyans have been scrutinizing the government over the project with many claiming it was a way of wasting resources.
Citizens also took to social media demanding to know when the cards will be available, making the topic trend severally. However, PS Kibicho explained that the government will start producing and issuing cards by December.
Registration will never end.
He further explained that this would be a continuous process, and anyone can register themselves at any given time.
“Everybody will have an opportunity through either the mass registration session two or themselves walking to the registrar of persons in future if they also miss out because this will be a continuous process to eternity,” Kibicho said.
“All the data of those who took part in Huduma Namba has been merged and cleaned up, we have created a state of the art data center…we had to create both the redundancies and a data centre that we would be sure keeps this data safe.”
PS Kibicho explained that with the e-card, Kenyans would not require identity documents (ID, NHIF, NSSF, etc.) since the card will have an electronic chip with the person’s details.
Jerome Ochieng, ICT PS who had accompanied Kibicho, further added that the huduma number is at an adjudication process. This process will make sure that captured fingerprints on Huduma number match those in the government databases.