The very first time I heard about it I was like, “What is it all about? Do I really need it? No, aren’t gonna register. “Actually I thought it was the high school registration NEMIS. Perhaps you are like me, confused with lots of questions with no one to expound . Recently there’s been several myths surrounding the huduma namba/NIIMS(National Integrated Identity Management System) . Well, I’m here to demystify them as I try my best to get you in the clear in the simplest language possible.
- Huduma namba is 666
These are 2 totally distinct things. There’s also issues with the Obama medical bill which people up to date insinuate to be 666.Let’s go back a bit to the book of Revelation 13:18, “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
First and foremost, the fact that it needs wisdom to decode should ring a bell that this is not a literal number (Huduma namba is literal). Second, 666 is the namba of a man(Huduma namba isn’t a man).
- Huduma namba and 2022
It has also been insinuated that this is a form of rigging the 2022 elections using impersonations, a point which is totally false.
- Huduma namba and DNA
Hehehe… Let me first laugh coz it’s like we’re forgetting we owe some money to China. Do we know how much DNA costs? So it’s not feasible for the country. Rumours have been going round that blood samples will be required for DNA testing; not true. The only things required are any primary documents such as ID or alien card, passport, NHIF and NSSF cards, Driving license as a form of identification and the physical presence of the individual being registered since biometric data(photo and fingerprints) will be collected.
Having cleared the myths, let’s now try to understand why the government deemed it necessary to come up with this system which has cost billions to implement.
For the longest time we’ve been used to a manual disintegrated system of registration. This has forced us as Kenyans to be walking around with almost every document.You reach an m-pesa,you find out you forgot your ID, you are taking a patient to the hospital, you can’t even remember where you placed your NHIF card.You need a birth certificate, you must go back to your home. Plus applications for these documents take ages with the same information required everytime. With the huduma namba in place, we won’t have to worry anymore as it will act as our, ‘single source of truth’. Having all our details integrated into one system, we won’t have to walk around with several papers and delivery of services will be much faster . Just a mention of your number and all your information appears. It will also enable easy tracing in case of lost and found persons or accidents. With an unconscious patient, their fingerprints can be used so as to access their details.
The costs of these manual systems have also proved to be high in the long run hence this will help the government in cutting these costs hence channel the funds to other sectors.
Another beckoning question is whether the huduma namba is mandatory /a must. YES IT IS!!(The court ruled yesterday that it should be optional though). It will help the government to cover the loopholes that have been there before hence enable efficient planning for the benefit of the population in all areas especially in the execution of the big 4 agendas (Food Security, Affordable Housing, Manufacturing, Affordable Healthcare for all).
In short, the huduma namba will facilitate access to all government services, e. g transmission of funds to the elderly, orphans and vulnerable people. Thus it is important for everyone living in the country both foreigners and citizens to avail themselves for the process. It will also reduce embezzlement of funds and improve national security. Business people especially farmers will be more efficiently catered for through provision of fertilizers, seeds and irrigation schemes where necessary.
So who is eligible for registration? Everyone and anyone residing in the country can register. Children below 6 years will not be registered biometrically as their fingerprints are still forming.
So come on, let’s get on-boarded.
#KWA HUDUMA BORA