Nairobi — Kenya Defence Forces and National Police Service chiefs were on Monday registered under the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS), officially launching the exercise among the security agencies.
At the Department of Defence headquarters, Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe led senior military officers in acquiring NIIMS, popularly referred to as Huduma Namba, with the new Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai leading the exercise at the Police Headquarters.
According to CDF General Mwathethe, some 63 servicemen have been trained to register soldiers in areas seen as inaccessible.
"This marks the official opening for registration of Huduma Namba for the Kenya Defence Forces institutions. The Regional and County Commissioners are the contact persons and will facilitate this process," General Mwathethe said.
Due to the nature of their work, General Mwathethe says KDF soldiers' registration will take place in barracks and military bases across the country.
"It will ultimately enhance national security among other national objectives," he said.
On his part, IG Mutyambai urged "my fellow officers out there in the field to take this exercise very seriously to go and register."
Also registered on Monday was business mogul Chris Kirubi, who has joined thousands of Kenyans participating in the 45-day exercise that will provide the government with a single source of reference while planning.
Huduma Namba 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 the identity of all people residing in Kenya.
For one to be registered, the government will require at least an identification document, which can either be a birth certificate, ID, driving licence or the Kenya Revenue Authority PIN.
A person registering will be required to provide his name, gender, date of birth, age, citizenship, information about parents or guardians, place of birth, phone number, email address, physical and permanent residence and marital status.
The government will also capture fingerprints and demographic data.
Among the benefits of having a Huduma Namba are easy access to government services, coordinated registration of people, addressing duplication in registration and reduce operational costs, detect and prevent fraud, impersonation or any other crime.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has said the Huduma Namba will help the government make informed decisions when allocating resources.
Other than enhancing service delivery, it will also enhance the crime watch in the country in the face of threats of terror.