Editorials

Clear up Huduma confusion

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Huduma Numba registration kit. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • It is understood that other Kenyans who took part in the registration will get their cards by December, if everything goes according to plan.
  • This is a good time for the government to explain the merits of the cards and allay concerns surrounding it.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta received their Huduma Namba cards on Mashujaa Day in a symbolic move aimed at assuring the public that the citizens registration programme is still on course.

It is understood that other Kenyans who took part in the registration will get their cards by December, if everything goes according to plan.

This is a good time for the government to explain the merits of the cards and allay concerns surrounding it.

Such public education must reach all citizens, including those in rural areas who rely heavily on radio and opinion leaders for their information. The government should tell Kenyans if the card will replace other documents such as the driving licence and the national ID or if it will complement them and how.

More than 30 million Kenyans had provided their personal details in the registration exercise before measures to protect the data was in place.

It is only recently that the President nominated a Data Commissioner. Further delay in issuing the cards risks fanning speculation, including claims of a vote rigging plot.