The government will phase out current National Identification cards by December 12, 2021, ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has said.
They will instead be replaced by the Huduma Namba cards to be issued from December 1, 2020.
Use of the Kenyan National ID is to cease starting December 12 next year, ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru
Use of the National ID is to cease starting December 12 next year, ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has said.
This as issuance of the Huduma card across the country is set to begin on December 1.
“Vyombo vya serikali na watu wa biashara waanze kuweka teknolojia ile watatumia kwa hii card. Card itakuwa na QR code–ni code ile unaweza kusoma na simu, sio lazima uwe na ile machine. Sasa tumeanza mpango ili ofisi zote za serikali ziwe na hizo machines ndio ukifika huko unatumia card ama unaweka fingerprint, tunajua wewe ni nani na inaleta security na protection,” CS Mucheru said.
Speaking on Wednesday during the commencement of issuance and distribution of Huduma Namba cards in Machakos County, the CS revealed that starting December 1, Kenyans will be notified that their cards are ready.
He said those who will receive SMSs will be given one month to pick up their cards from the designated centres.
“Hatutaki watu wote wakuje pamoja. Tutaanza na watu milioni mbili alafu January tutakuwa na watu milioni tatu, February milioni tano,” he added.
The Cabinet Secretary was categorical that as of December 12, 2021, those seeking services from any government office will be required to produce the Huduma Card.
“Only the Huduma Card will help you get services from the government,” he said.
On October 20 this year, President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta received the first Huduma Namba cards.
Attorney General Paul Kihara Kariuki presented the cards to them during the Mashujaa Day celebrations at at Gusii Stadium in Kisii County.
The other 10 Kenyans who received the cards were announced as Laban Ouru Siro, Evans Amenya Bosire, Aloyce Mosoti Okero, Sylvester Achuka Mose, Boniface Moseti Oyaro, Evans Gwaro Nchoga, Kevin Bwire Mubadi, Lawrence Nyaluga Omambia, Evans Michael Mose, Henry Lerioka Nyabuto Onderi.