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Why Uhuru ordered all Kenyans to be given Huduma ID numbers

New registration

President Uhuru Kenyatta

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

He said the database will also contain information of all foreign nationals residing in the country.

For each registration, the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIMS) will generate a unique identification number which will be known as the Huduma number,” President Kenyatta said at State House, Mombasa during a meeting with police commanders, regional coordinators and county commissioners.


Personal identity

According to the President, the integrated population registration system will be the authentic single source of truth on personal identity in Kenya.

The Head of State said: "To enhance the progress made by the Integrated Population Registration System, my administration will complete a central master population database which will be the authentic ‘single source of truth’ on personal identity in Kenya."

He further said county commissioners will oversee the registration of Kenyans in the new digital system.


The database will contain information on all Kenyan citizens as well as foreign nationals residing in Kenya. 

For each registration, the National Integrated Identity Management Systems (NIIMS) will generate a unique ID number to be known as Huduma Namba.


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