Government sets aside KSh 3.3 billion for Huduma Number registration exercise
Masolo Mabonga|March. 06, 2019
- The mass registration process is expected to commence on April 2, 2019
- Each youth involved in facilitating the process will part with KSh 1,500 per day for 45 days
- Every sub-location will have five youth who will help sub-chiefs in registering members
- The government has set aside at least KSh 3.3 billion to cater for payment of 50,000 youths expected to aid the process
The national government has allocated at least KSh 3.3 billion to cater for payment of over 50,000 youths expected to facilitate mass registration of Huduma Numbers for Kenyans.
The Informations and Communication Technology (ICT) principal secretary, Jerome Ochieng', disclosed that the mass registration exercise would commence on April 2, 2019, despite resistance from a section of Kenyans.
"We will employ at least KSh 50,000 youths across the country to help us in registering Kenyans with Huduma Number. Each sub-location will recruit five youths who will be paid KSh 1, 500 per day for 45 days," said Ochieng'.
The PS stated the government had carried out a successful pilot programme and was currently in the process of creating awareness among Kenyans in preparation for the mass exercise.
"Mass registration will start on April 2, we have conducted a successful pilot programme and we are now focusing on sensitising and create awareness to Kenyans about this exercise before we roll it out in April," said Ochieng'.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on January 22, 2019, issued a directive that all Kenyans be digitally registered by the government and issued with a Huduma identification number.
The new registration would capture details of individuals including foreigners living in the country and would be kept in a central database.
A section of Kenyans, however, opposed the process questioning the safety of the confidential details they would be exposing.
The Senate Committee on security put on hold the registration exercise after Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i failed to appear before it to respond to security concerns raised by Kenyans regarding the exercise.
Despite the Senate's directive, the government has vowed to proceed with the exercise as planned.