Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Senator for Homa Bay Moses Otieno kajwang has asked Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i to appear before the senate Committee to explain in details about Huduma namba.
This comes amid an outcry from various leaders who claim the government initiated the service without proper consultations.
All Kenyans and foreigners aged six years and above are expected to be registered digitally and given unique numbers containing their personal data. The government purpots that this is a way to “eradicate forgeries of national identification documents and crime”.
According to the Immigration Department, to register for the Huduma Namba, you need either of the following identification documents; an ID, Birth Certificate or Driving License and be present at the registration centers for biometrics. The compulsory process will run for 30 days and one can register from chief’s camps across the country.
Kenyans particularly took issue with the threat that those who fail to register will not access essential government services.
The government already started testing the plan to register nearly 50 million Kenyans for the digital database.
Some of the counties in the pilot project include Kisii, Kisumu, Wajir Nairobi, Uasin Gishu, Kajiado, Baringo, Marsabit, Embu, Makueni, Busia, Nyandarua, Kiambu, Kilifi and Tana River,
Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho said 31,500 kits have been distributed in readiness for the mass rollout covering the country’s 8,500 sub-locations this month.