The first round of Huduma Namba saw millions of Kenyans actively take part in the registration process. The government had given an ultimatum on registration deadline, but the huge turnout saw it rethink its strategy with a one-week extension to give room to more Kenyans to register.
The activity which is under the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) program sought to create a single database for personal information for all Kenyans after which they were issued a Huduma Numba as a unique identifier. Ksh6 Billion was injected to finance the registration of 50 million Kenyans into a digital database.
Even with the extended deadline, some people did not register for Huduma Namba. Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna said that another round of Huduma Namba will be done for the people who missed out on the extended period because some did not have national Identification Cards and birth certificates by the time the drive was completed.
Colonel Oguna said there will be a two-week window for mass registration for the Huduma Namba which will be announced officially as the government has allowed those without the necessary documents to get them so that they are also able to register. The second round of Huduma Namba will be conducted in the offices of assistant chiefs, and he has urged those who did not register to take advantage of this new registration period and get the Huduma Namba.
Speaking during a weekly press briefing on various national issues in Mbeere South constituency’s innovation hub at Kiritiri in Embu, Colonel Oguna said that the officers who were recruited to carry out the registration will get their pay this week.