The government has launched a Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) which seeks to issue Kenyans with national Identification Cards and birth certificates in one month.
This is to enable the people who missed the first phase of Huduma Namba mass registration to participate in the second phase.
Once the one-month-issuance of national IDs and birth certificates is over, the government will roll out a two-week Huduma Namba mass registration exercise.
“A time will come when you yourself will find it necessary to get that Huduma Namba. Because he has a Huduma Namba, he will go to one office and get all the services,” the government spokesperson, Cyrus Oguna told the press.
The Interior and Coordination of National Security Cabinet Secretary, Dr Fred Matiang’i has tabled a bill called the Huduma Namba Bill. The Bill seeks to make the acquisition of a Huduma Namba compulsory as no government services will be offered without the number.
The draft bill will be open for public participation as from July 25, 2019, at the Kenya School of Government and all Huduma centers.
Under the new bill, every Kenyan citizen from ages six and above is expected to register for a Huduma Namba. For the newborns, they are required to be registered for a birth certificate within the first 90 days of birth failing which, their parents will be penalized.