Mbadi Delivers Strong Message to Ruto On UDA’s Popularity in Parliament; MP Otiende Amollo Reinstated as JLAC Vice Chair; Murathe Says They Have Numbers to Impeach William Ruto

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When the government introduced Huduma Namba, the initiative was received with mixed reactions with the majority of Kenyans raising concern on its relevance as well as its impact on taxpayers.

Although Kenyans turned up in numbers to register, there still seem to be many questions with the most recent being how to differentiate the Huduma Namba and the Huduma Card.

This comes at a time when Kenyans continue to receive the notification messages on where and when they can collect their Huduma Namba cards.

Having a look at the two cards [Huduma Namba & Huduma Card], a keen eye would not miss out on the distinguishing features as highlighted below.


Huduma Namba is a unique personal identification number allocated to every resident individual at birth or upon registration. A Huduma Card is a digital identity card serving several purposes & is issued after registration.


Huduma Namba card is designed to manage population database and ease service delivery while Huduma Card is a multi-application prepaid card with chip and PIN technology for payments.

With this card, Kenyan citizens will be able to pay for Government services like the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF), National Social Security Fund (NSSF) and others.


Kenyans can collect their Huduma Namba cards at National Registration Bureau (NRB) Offices and Huduma Centres upon receiving an SMS from Huduma Namba.

On the other hand, the Huduma Card is issued by Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA), Diamond Trust Bank (DTB), Equity Bank and Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), with no bank charges being allocated to citizens when registering for the smart card.

Physical appearance

Huduma Namba card resembles the National ID card and has the Kenyan flag at the bottom whereas the Huduma Card has a chip with the MasterCard symbol at the bottom.

Year It was rolled out

Huduma Cards were rolled out in 2017 whereas Huduma Namba cards roll out was initiated in December 2020.


Huduma Namba, just like the ID card is valid until one dies while the Huduma Card has an expiry date, just like an ATM card, therefore, needs to be renewed.

In Photos

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PHOTO/COURTESY Sample of a Huduma Namba Card


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PHOTO/COURTESY Sample of a Huduma Card

As the issuance of the Huduma Namba card continues, key things to note include the contact to reach out to in case of any queries [0800221111].

Moreover, note that the SMS notification informing you on when to collect the card should be from Huduma Namba and not Huduma Kenya Centre.

Meanwhile, here are the stories making headlines on Opera News today:

Rarieda Lawmamker Otiende Amollo Reinstated as JLAC Vice-Chairperson

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PHOTO/COURTESY Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo

Kenya is a sovereign nation that is guided by the new constitution of 2010 which consists of fundamental human rights and freedoms that protect citizens.

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party that is under the leadership of the former Prime Minister Hon. Raila Amollo Odinga has reinstated Rarieda Constituency Member of Parliament Hon. Otiende Amollo as the vice-chairperson of the Judicial and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) in the national assembly.

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David Murathe Says Handshake Partners Have Numbers to Impeach William Ruto

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PHOTO/COURTESY Jubilee vice-chairman David Murathe

Jubilee vice-chairman David Murathe has insisted pro-handshake partners have numbers in parliament to send home Deputy President William Ruto, who has been accused of sabotaging the government from within.

The powerful Jubilee official who has President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ear argued it is possible to kick out the DP from his powerful position if the success of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) in both Houses is anything to go by.

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Mbadi Delivers Strong Message To DP Ruto On UDA’s Popularity in Parliament

PHOTO/COURTESY National Assembly Minority Leader John Mbadi

National Assembly Minority Leader John Mbadi has come out to send a strong message to Deputy President William Ruto on his UDA party, a week after the passing of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill.

Mbadi who was speaking to the People Daily this Thursday said that its about time people stop believing the propaganda that DP Ruto has numbers in parliament as Thursday’s vote proved the contrary with over 200 MPs voting Yes.

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