Kenya: New law to make Huduma Namba compulsory

Published: 18/Jul/2019
Source: Daily Nation (Nairobi)


The Huduma Namba will serve as the official sufficient proof for identification in the country and its registration will now be mandatory for access to government services if the draft Huduma Bill 2019 is enacted by the National Assembly and signed into law by the President.


The Huduma card shall serve as the official government-issued document for identification and conduct of transactions.

This means that you will be required to have Huduma Namba to register as a voter, access universal healthcare, passport, apply for a driving licence, register a mobile phone number, pay taxes, transact in the financial markets and open a bank account.

Currently, the national Identity Card serves as the official identification mode upon which all these services are predicated. The proposal by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i will, however, require the approval of the Cabinet before being tabled in Parliament.

The registration of Huduma Namba shall be through the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) that will be a primary database for both foundational and functional data, from which every other database with personal data of residents in Kenya will be built. The databases include those of voters, taxes, and social services.

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Themes: ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2019