Mass printing of Huduma Namba cards is underway, this is according to the Interior Ministry.
The Ministry said Wednesday that Kenyans who registered for the cards will soon receive an SMS notification telling them to pick their cards.
“Mass printing of Huduma Namba cards is underway. If you registered, you will soon receive an SMS notification prompting you when and where to collect yours,” said the CS Fred Matiang’i led ministry.
The government has already annouced that the current National Identification Card (ID card) will be phased out by December 12, 2021 and replaced by Huduma Namba cards.
ICT CS Joe Mucheru said last year that by end of 2021, Kenyans without Huduma Namba card will not be able to access any government service.
CS Matiang’i had said those who will receive the SMS notifications will have a grace period of one month to collect their Huduma Namba cards from the centres they registered from.
For those who are yet to register for the number, the CS stated that there will be another opportunity for mass registration in April 2021, while routine registration will continue thereafter.
All Kenyans above the age of 18 years will be required to have the card while children who have attained 6 years will be issued with a minor’s Huduma Namba card.
Data from the ministry says that around 38 million Kenyans had registered for the card when the KSh9.6 billion exercise was closing in May last year.
The process, however, was caught up by claims of violating the rights of innocent individuals.