Kenyans started registering for the National Integrated Identity Management System (Niims) — dubbed Huduma Namba after President Uhuru Kenyatta officially launched the rollout in the beginning of April at Masii town, Machakos County.
The exercise will have Kenyans data captured in biometric kits and will run for the next 45 days.
When going to register for the Huduma Namba one will be required to carry an identification document that can either be a birth certificate, ID card, driving license or the Kenya Revenue Authority PIN for you to be registered.
You will also need a digital picture which will be taken at the Huduma Namba centre you will be registering at.
One's details which include names, gender, date of birth, age, citizenship, information about parents or guardians, place of birth, phone number, email address, physical and permanent residence and marital status will be captured in the Niims kit.
President Kenyatta stated that the Huduma Namba will help Kenyans reduce the burden of carrying an ID card, KRA Pin, Driving license, passport, NHIF and NSSF cards and other documents.
Verification of information
The mass registration will be free and Kenyans aged six years and above have been asked to register.
You will not be issued with a Huduma Namba upon your registration as there are other steps that will take place after the conclusion of the mass registration exercise.
A person’s data will be verified using the existing information for accuracy and if any discrepancies are found they will be addressed.
Don't Discard existing Documents/Cards
Notably, all existing cards and documents will continue to be valid and Kenyans have been advised not dispose of them.
The Government will officially communicate when Kenyans cease to use the existing cards and documents hence no Kenyan should discard them even after registration.
ICT Cabinet Secretary Joseph Mucheru recently said that over 15 million Kenyans had registered and urged unregistered citizens to continue with the exercise ahead of the May 17 deadline.
According to the Government, NIIMS registration will be the first of its kind in Kenya’s history since it will involve biometric registration (digital fingerprints and photo) of all persons in the country including children and resident foreigners.