NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 30 – Over 100 members of staff at Parliament have registered for the National Integrated Identity Management System otherwise known as Huduma Namba, the Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi said.
Muturi who registered at Parliament on Tuesday urged all MPs, Senators, Parliament staff and Kenyans at large who have not registered to do so.
“As of yesterday, 105 staff members were registered, and I call upon all members who are not registered to do so to avoid a situation where they have to rush to their villages to register yet these people from the ministry will be with us until Friday. The exercise is quick and easy so no excuse for anyone not to register,” said Muturi
House Majority Leader Aden Duale who also took part in the exercise urged relevant government institutions to roll out sufficient sensitization programs in the country so as to enlighten people on the benefits of having the Huduma Namba.
“I would urge the Ministry of Interior to fast track this exercise and ensure those who are yet to acquire their Identity Cards are given so that we all register for this number. Huduma number is like social security number in the United States. It is very good for service delivery,” he said.
The exercise in Parliament was prompted after Members of Parliament during a retreat in Mombasa last week requested Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi to make the kits available in Parliament to allow members who have not registered to acquire the special number.
While launching the registration on 2 April, President Uhuru Kenyatta dismissed claims by a section of members of the public that the Huduma Namba is demonic.
The Head of State was particularly disturbed by the narrative that was being peddled by some members of the clergy who were preaching to their congregations that the exercise was symbolic to that captured in the book of Revelation where it narrates about the mark of the beast – 666 – where no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark.
“I was shocked the other day when I heard that some people who were preaching the word of God were saying that this exercise is demonic. Honestly, how does Satan and identifying yourself relate?” he asked.
He cautioned members of the clergy and those entrusted to guide Kenyans in their spiritual nourishment journey to cease peddling what he termed as “lies”.
“Please let us not use the privileged positions we have been given and the respect that the people give us to spread lies. This is supposed to improve our ability to provide Kenyans with the services that they truly deserve and desire,” he said.
On 19 April, Kenyatta announced that 11 million people have so far acquired the number.