Kenya to replace ID cards by end of 2021


Kenyan officials have confirmed that the current ID cards will be replaced by Huduma Namba cards by the end of 2021.

Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru told reporters this week that the government will begin issuing the new cards next month.

The Huduma Namba card captures data on personal details on the National Health Insurance Fund, Kenya Revenue Authority, the National Social Security Fund, and the soon-to-be-phased-out national identification cards.

At least 37.7 million Kenyans have registered for the cards, which effectively end the need to carry multiple identifying documents.

The government of Kenya introduced the National Integrated Identity Management System, NIIMS, which came to be popularly known as Huduma Namba in January 2019. 

The exercise will be the first of its kind in Kenya’s history to involve biometric registration (digital fingerprints and photo) of all persons in the country including children and resident foreigners.


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