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Gov't to freeze issuance of IDs, birth certificates in these 15 counties

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The government on Wednesday stated that it’s services would not be rendered to Kenyans whose details won’t be available in the National Integrated Identity Management Systems (NIIMS).

The NIMS pilot programme is set to begin in February to March in the following 15 counties: Nairobi, Uasin Gishu, Kajiado, Baringo, Marsabit, Embu, Makueni, Busia, Nyandarua, Kiambu, Kilifi and Tana River.

The new system will generate a unique number known as Huduma Namba, that is set to be used by the government for identification purposes for its citizens.


The services not to be administered due to failure of registration include the acquiring of an ID, passport, driving licenses or even a birth certificate.

“A person without Huduma Namba will not access government services including registration or renewal or replacement of National Identification Card; Application for a Passport; Application or renewal for driving license, Birth certificate; Application for NHIF, NSSF; Enrole for cash transfer for the elderly, subsidized farm inputs and other cash services under the Big 4 agenda like affordable housing among others,” read a part of the statement in regards to the new system.

Registration of NIIMS will record data of persons from as young as a 6-years-old.

For one to be registered in the integrated population registration system, identification documents such as birth certificate, ID, driving license, KRA pin and among others.

The procedure which will be conducted between 6am and 6pm on a daily basis including on weekends and public holidays, is set to take place in homes, mobile registration centers and special institutions such as hospitals, prisons and learning institutions.


Uhuru launches new system

Last Tuesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta had directed all Kenyans to be registered digitally and given Huduma identification numbers.

The President had stated that the database would also include information for all foreigners living in the country.

Kenyatta had explained that NIIMS would be the authentic source to establish a person’s identity.


The Head of State had pointed out that the registration exercise would be supervised by County Commissioners.


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