What is Huduma Namba?
Huduma Namba is a unique identifying number issued to Kenyan citizens and foreigners. A person only gets the number by completing a NIIMS registration process. The number will act as a single source of identification for all people living in Kenya, including refugees.
The government will use Huduma Namba as a tool for national planning, project and resource allocation, social services, and infrastructural development based on local populations. It will help the state to serve people better by having enough information about them. When a person gets a unique number, it will be the identification document they need to access all government services.
In other words, Huduma Namba eliminates the necessity for having a National ID Card, driver’s license, birth certificate, and KRA PIN among other documents. Although these documents are still functional, the difference is they will be digitalised.
Do you need a Huduma Namba?
There has been a confusion about the necessity of the Huduma Namba. Various government officials have come out to spell out different
consequences of not getting this number, but some of their claims have been dismissed by the government. However, two statements by top ranking government officials stand out as they haven’t been refuted by the government.
The first is by the Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i who indicated that those who don’t have a Huduma Namba will experience slow access to government services . The other statement was made by the government spokesman, Erick Kiraithe, in a recent
interview on Citizen TV , where he suggested that Kenyans won’t be able to access certain crucial services without the number.
From these statements, it is clear that while it might not be necessary to get the Huduma Namba now, it might eventually replace your Identification Card in future. This means that you might not be able to access services that you are currently accessing using your ID number. If this is the case, then you need a Huduma Namba.