National ID Cards To Stop Working Next Year, Gov’t Announces

The current National Identification Document (ID) cards will cease operating next year, ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has announced.

Mucheru who was speaking when he led the roll out of issuance and distribution of Huduma Namba cards in Machakos County on Wednesday, November 18, stated that the National ID cards will become useless by 2021 and will be replaced by Huduma Namba Cards.

The CS revealed that the government has set December 21, 2021 as the date when that the current ID card would cease to operate completely.

Mucheru stated that Kenyans will begin to receive SMSs starting December 1 notifying them that their cards are ready for pickup adding that those who will receive the SMS will be given one month to pick up their cards from the designated centres.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi will also lead the Huduma Namba Card distribution, at the County Commissioner’s office in Kiambu County.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta were handed the first two samples of Huduma Cards on October 20, during the Mashujaa Day celebrations at Gusii Stadium in Kisii County.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta showcasing their Huduma Namba Cards. Photo/Courtesy

Huduma Namba is a unique number that is generated to allow one to access government services. This number is generated from Kenyans personal data captured in biometric kits.

It will aggregate the numerous information such as NHIF, NSSF, birth details, driving license, KRA information, among others.

The swearing in of Data Commissioner Immaculate Kassait on Monday, November 16, paved way for the national roll out of the Huduma Cards issuance and distribution exercise.

Kassait is the first holder of the officer and will be responsible for the enforcement of the Data Protection Act.

Her duties will include exercising oversight on data processing operations, promoting self-regulation among data controllers, promoting international cooperation in data protection related issues, and conducting research on data processing development.

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