FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONS ON BIOMETRIC REGISTRATION
1. What is HudumaNamba?
HudumaNamba is a programme which was initiated through Executive Order No. 1 of 2018 to create and manage a central master population register which will be the authentic ‘source of truth’ of identity of all persons residing in Kenya.
2. Why HudumaNamba?
– To develop a national biometric population database of all persons in Kenya
– To assign a personal unique identification to facilitate access to government services
3. Why is the government undertaking the biometric registration process?
– To guard against impersonation and fraud
– To authenticate personal data
– To enhance access to government services
4. How is this exercise different other government registration processes?
– It will capture biometric data of all persons – both citizens and non-citizens from the age of six
– It will capture more information on an individual
– It will integrate personal identification data of individuals existing in several databases
5. What are the benefits of the exercise?
– It will facilitate easy access to government services such as universal health care, subsidised fertilizer, cash transfer, free education etc
6. Why is the registration being undertaken now?
– To facilitate attainment of Government’s Big 4 Agenda through the provision of Citizen Data to stakeholders who are charged with delivery of Food Security, Affordable Housing, Manufacturing, and Affordable Health Care for all.
– To assist the government in the provision of better services.
7. Is it mandatory for one to register?
– Yes it is. All must register
8. What are the consequences of failing to register?
– A person without HudumaNamba will not access government services including registration/renewal/replacement of National Identification Card,application for Passport,application/renewal for driving license/birth certificate,enrol for cash transfer for the elderly, subsidised farm inputs and other cash services under the Big 4 Agenda like affordable housing among others.
9. Who is eligible for registration?
– All citizens and (resident) foreign nationals in Kenya.
10. Where will the registration take place?
– Mobile registration centres, homes, and special institutions like prisons, hospitals, learning institutions etc.
11. What will be required for one to be registered?
– Physical presence
– Identification documents
12. How long will the (mass) registration exercise take?
– 45 Days
13. At what time of the day will the exercise be carried out?
– Between 6am and 6pm everyday including weekends and public holidays
14. Who will undertake the exercise?
– Registration officers (Assistant Chiefs) and Registration Assistants
15. Is this registration connected to 2022 elections?
16. Is there a document that will be issued after registration?
17. What are the consequences of giving false information to registration officials?
– A person who gives false information will be prosecuted under section 129(a) of the Penal Code. can be prosecuted under the relevant status.