Chief registrar of persons in charge of the Coastal region Aggrey Masai has rallied residents in the region who received notification messages to go for their Huduma Namba Cards.
Addressing the media at his office in Mombasa, Masai said the region has received a total of 150,000 huduma cards. Kilifi received the highest cards, 57.000, followed by Taita Taveta 27.000, Kwale with 25,000, Mombasa received 18.000, Tana River 14,000 and finally Lamu county got 7000 huduma cards.
Masai said after intensifying the issuance of cards through Rapid Response Initiative (RRI) last week Kilifi County has been able to record the highest issuance of the cards of 11,000 cards, followed by TaitaTaveta with 8000,Mombasa 5000,Tana River 1,500, and Lamu 1,400 huduma cards.
Masai said the exercise has been decentralized through Sub county offices, chiefs’ offices, market places and door to door distribution within the Coastal region in order to intensify the collection exercise.
“We have moved out of offices and the issuance is done at sub locations all over the Coast region,” said Masai.
He added that the card is a very important document a Kenyan citizen needs to have as it carries data on the truth of a person.
The regional director also stated that the government will roll out another registration exercise to those who are yet to apply for the card.
[Mombasa residents who received notification picking their Huduma cards at the GPO, Mombasa. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
Masai said the exercise derailed due to the eruption of Covid-19, adding that once the curve goes down, the exercise will begin.
He urged locals to be vigilant and register once they roll out the second registration phase saying huduma cards will become mandatory to access government services in the future.
Huduma number is a system that seeks to register all Kenyans under a new database. The registration process requires a ton of information from the user, including biometric data.