The government has disbursed a total of 150,000 Huduma Namba cards in the entire coast region.
Chief registrar of persons in charge of the coastal region Aggrey Masai confirmed on Wednesday.
According to Masai, Kilifi County leads with the highest number of Huduma cards with a total of 57,000. Taita Taveta comes second with a total of 27, 000 , Kwale received 25, 000 followed by Mombasa with 18,000. Tana River received 14,000 and Lamu county received 7,000 Huduma cards.
Addressing the media in Mombasa, Masai said through the Rapid Response Initiative the government has intensified the issuance of cards.
The chief registrar notes that last week, Kilifi County recorded the highest issuance of the cards (11,000) followed by TaitaTaveta (8000), Mombasa (5000), Tana River (1500), and Lamu (1400).
He asked Kenyans to visit their nearest government offices including Sub-county offices, chiefs’ offices, market places to collect their cards.
Masai adds that the government will also undertake a door to door delivery to facilitate the collection exercise.
“We have moved out of offices and the issuance is done at sub-locations all over the Coast region. The card is a very important document a Kenyan citizen needs to have as it contains all the information for each citizen,” he said.
He further revealed the government will roll out another registration exercise to those who are still yet to apply for the card.
“The exercise slowed down due to Covid-19. Should the curve flatten, the second phase will kick off,” said Masai.
He however called on locals to register once the government rolls out the second registration phase insisting that the cards are mandatory.
The registrar explained “One will not be able to access government services in the future should they not have the Huduma Cards,”
The system seeks to register all Kenyans under a new database with the registration process requiring a ton of data from the bearer, including biometric data.