Here Are Services You’ll Miss Without Huduma Namba

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Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has drafted Huduma Bill, 2019, that will see individuals blocked from registering their marriages, register for electricity connection to their homes and enrol into a public educational facilityfor lack of Huduma Namba (National Integrated Identity Management System(NIIMS)).

In case the draft is enacted by the parliament, Kenyans will also not sell or buy land as well as operate a bank account without the number.

Other services that Kenyans will be locked out of include healthcare services, participating in the country’s election and acquisition of a passport.

Before enrollment of the Huduma Namba for Kenyans started, there was a tussle with human rights activists which saw the High Court bar the Government against forcing Kenyans to register.

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Yesterday, Dr Matiangi put out an announcement calling for public participation over the proposals.

“The Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government is therefore calling for views and proposals for consideration from members of the general public and any concerned stakeholders on the draft bill,” reads the invite.

And any individual who wants to transact the listed services without the Huduma Namba will be jailed for one year or pay a fine of Sh1 million while unlawful production of the document will see one spend three years behind bars or Sh3 million fine.Individuals who give false information or make false statement when providing information for an entry into the NIIMS database will also face a Sh5 million penalty or five years in jail.

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