Previous President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Interior CS Fred Matiangi have received appreciation from President William Ruto for coming up with the wonderful idea of Huduma Nambas.
Speaking to a group yesterday at the Data Protection Conference in Nairobi, Ruto gave his ICT CS Eliud Owalo the go-ahead to adopt Uhuru and Matiangi’s concept and implement Huduma Numba within the following twelve months.
The Head of State specifically requested Owalo to establish the procedures and frameworks necessary to assure the Huduma Namba project’s success.
“The never-was Huduma-thing must be a success. Identifying the citizens is the government’s responsibility, not issuing identification numbers, according to Ruto.
In order to reduce costs associated with registration processes and address duplication of effort, the project was started under Uhuru’s administration.
Just months before the 2022 General Election, Uhuru’s main project, on the other hand, appeared to have reached a dead end.
Data from the major population registration agencies were combined and sent to the national data management divisions of the government when the Huduma Namba project got underway.
Uhuru launched the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) program, which has the responsibility of managing Kenyans’ identifying structures, through Executive Order No. 1 (2018).
The NIIMS database is set up to keep track of data on all Kenyan residents as well as foreign nationals living there and to act as a point of reference for Kenyans receiving services more conveniently.
When the government started registering people in the nation in 2005, the first attempt at data consolidation including Kenyans was made.