Huduma Namba: Govt Rolls Out Cards In Nairobi

Residents of Nairobi can now collect their Huduma Namba cards across the 17 sub county offices.

Huduma Namba: Govt Rolls Out Cards In Nairobi
A person holding the new Huduma Namba Card. /THE STAR

The Ministry of Interior kicked off the distribution of the awaited Huduma Namba cards on Thursday, February 4, with the first batch rolled out to Huduma Centres across Nairobi.

The Ministry asked Kenyans who had registered for the cards to collect them across the 17 sub-county offices within the Nairobi Metropolitan Area on receipt of a text message on their phones. 

"You can conveniently collect your card if you receive an SMS notification on the same," read their statement issued on Thursday.

Officers at Huduma Centre with the new Huduma Namba cards. /TWITTER

The Huduma Namba cards will be the one true source of information concerning personal identity in Kenya.

Integrated within the card is an individual's National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) as well as their Personal Identification Number (PIN).

The card is classified into three categories, with children below 18 set to receive the Minors Huduma Namba Card.

Newborns will thus need to be registered within 90 days from their date of birth.

Adult Huduma Namba cards will be issued to the rest of Kenyans above 18 years of age, with foreign nationals receiving the Foreign Nationals Huduma Namba Card.

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru stated that the card will be of benefit to all Kenyans and will be used to tackle and demolish corruption in schools and government institutions as well as bolster national security.

He stated of the government's asserted efforts to protect all data and Kenyans can relax knowing their privacy issues have be sorted.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta were among the first 10 individuals to receive the Huduma Namba card.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i presented them with the cards during the Mashujaa Day celebrations on October 20, 2020.

The new Huduma Namba cards ready for distribution. /TWITTER