Huduma Namba: Failure to register to cost Kenyans passports

The government has warned, failure to register for Huduma Namba will cost residents their privilege of obtaining passports from the Immigration Department.

Huduma Namba is a free government service identification number obtained by registering via the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS).

Immigration PS Gordon Kihalangwa noted that persons who fail to register in the ongoing exercise risk facing declines when applying for passports.

“If you are not in NIIMS and you are applying for a passport, we will know very well that you are not a Kenyan,” said the Immigration Principal Secretary.

The NIIMS registration, heavily crusaded by the Kenyan Executive led by President Uhuru Kenyatta aims at biometrically creating, managing and storing Kenya’s population data.

Proposed unified Huduma Card for use when seeking government services. /Courtesy

The registration involves collecting biometric data after which the systems generates a unique number (Huduma Namba) which will enable Kenyan residents to access government services. Such services include applying for a driving license, ID, birth certificate among others.

A section of Kenyans opposed to the process believe the State has not instituted adequate mechanisms to safeguard the “crucial data” being collected via the NIIMS.

Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) moved to court seeking the intervention of the court in stopping the exercise from proceeding. The court ruled that the 45-day 5 billion exercise could continue at free will. The ruling further barred the State from denying anyone government services in the event he or she has not registered.

While registering for the Huduma Namba in Nairobi on April 9, Deputy President William Ruto urged citizens to register their data as instructed because: “Every government service will be consolidated into one number so that it becomes easy for citizens so that one does not have multiple applications and registrations.”

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