Holders of the Huduma Number will still be required to have their Identification cards with them as the Huduma Number isn’t set to phase it out.
According to Planning Principal Secretary Julius Muia, current identity card, driving license, the National Hospital Insurance Fund card, and other identifiers will remain in use despite many believing that the huduma is a one-stop shop.
“Young Huduma Namba holders will be able to access the national identity card easier compared to those without the number when they turn 18. The available database will have indicated that the applicants have attained 18 years and therefore have qualified for identity cards by the time they apply for the identity cards,” the PS said yesterday.
The registration exercise, which was kicked off a couple of weeks ago, but got suspended after the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) went to court to seek further clarification on the collection of biometric data without robust data protection laws, was picked up a few days ago amidst a series of complaints that are yet to be addressed.
Speaking while monitoring the registration process at Makueni County, the Ps said that the registration is essential as also the young people below 18 years stand to benefit.
With the database, it will be easy to know when the applicant attained the legal age to apply for an ID card. The exercise has however been marred by misinformation both from the government and the public.
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