The nationwide roll-out of the Huduma Card will commence on 1st December, 2020 Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has said.
Cabinet Secretaries Fred Matiang’i and Joe Mucheru on Wednesday presided over the phased launch of the Huduma Cards in Kiambu and Machakos Counties, respectively.
“Todays’ milestone marks the beginning of a phased, nationwide roll-out starting the 1st of December, 2020,” said Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi.
The roll-out follows President Kenyatta’s directive announcement on Mashujaa Day that the government was ready to start issuing Huduma Namba cards once the Data Commissioner assumed office.
This week, Immaculate Kassait was sworn-in as Kenya’s first Data Commissioner.
“The realization of the Huduma Card is the strongest testament about the leadership of our President and his commitment to liberate this country from the slavery of poor service. This service is revolutionary that is why it is called a Huduma Card,” he said.
In view of the Covid-19 prevention and control protocols, citizens will be notified via SMS on when and where to pick their cards.
Individuals will have a month from the date of notification to collect their cards.
The process of distribution of the cards will continue over a duration of one year in line with the period provided for in the law.
“There is an enemy called the file which we are trying to get rid of in public service. The days of lost files, long queues and wastage of time instead of providing efficient service to citizens will be a thing of the past” said Dr. Matiang’i.
According to Matiangi, there will be another mass registration in April 2021, while routine registration will continue thereafter.
The Huduma Namba, a fully Kenyan-funded and developed solution, will operate as the primary source of data on every citizen and foreigner.
The integrated database will enable the use of biometric data to identify people and assist them in accessing Government services.
According to the government, Data in the Huduma Card is fully confidential and all necessary technical and legislative measures to make it secure have been considered.
Mucheru said 37.7 Million people had registered for huduma number by the time the initial exercise closed in May last year adding that the issuance will last until 12th December 2021.
He said Kenyans who will not access Government services after 12th December 2021 if they have not received their Huduma card.