Kenyatta said the NIIMS exercise will not only transform civil
registration and data management in the country but also tame
corruption and fast-track the implementation of the development
"Huduma Namba will reduce delays and corruption in the
delivery of services such as cash transfers for elderly persons
and vulnerable children, issuance of passports and border
control," said the president.
Kenya now joins other developed nations such as the U.S.,
Europe, United Arabs Emirates, India and Australia which have
successfully used integrated data systems to manage their
The president said the NIIMS registration exercise will be
able to verify the actual number of government employees
including civil servants that include teachers and other cadres.
He said there are several reasons why the government is
making the extraordinary effort to undertake the biometric
registration for everybody living in Kenya.
"The need for accurate data as a key enabler for national
planning, issuance of birth and death certificates and
associated rights of nationality, schooling, passport and
property ownership are all valid reasons for the registration,"
Kenyatta said biometric identification and registration of
farmers will facilitate fairer allocation of subsidized farm
inputs including seeds and fertilizers.
"It will also improve accountability and transparency in the
management of National Health Insurance Fund and inform
planning, investment and allocation of affordable housing
units," he said.
The president said the NIIMS exercise will also facilitate
and monitor capitation in schools adding that Kenyans will no
longer be required to carry multiple IDs and, pensioners and
widows will receive their dues with much ease.
Besides reducing transaction costs for Kenyans, said the
president, the new system will significantly reduce cases of
identity theft and make financial and property transactions more