Residents of Murang’a County had five days to collect more than 50,000 Huduma Namba cards from various collection points across the county.
Talk to NTV, Murang’a County Commissioner Mohamed Barre noted that only 5,000 cards were collected last week.
“The majority of the people of Murang’a have received the text messages but have not yet recovered their cards,” he said.
Huduma namba distributed in Nairobi on Thursday 4 February
He confirmed that the second phase of collection, which was due to start in early May, would begin once all 51,000 cards have been collected.
In addition, Barre urged residents to choose their cards from the nearest Huduma centers or National Registration Bureau (NRB) offices.
The fundraising exercise has been progressing at a snail’s pace since the government began the card issuance process in February 2021.
In Kilifi, Deputy County Commissioner Josphat Mutisya said only 11,000 out of 52,000 cards had been collected.
Nationwide, only 10% collected the cards despite around 37 million UKTN signing up for the service.
The cards were introduced in 2019 and have been hailed as a unique source of personal identification for UKTN and people residing in Kenya.
“The government has so far distributed Huduma Namba cards to all 850 NRB offices located in the 350 sub-counties of the 47 counties,” government spokesman Cyrus Oguna said at a previous press briefing.
Oguna also warned UKTN against scammers who sent text messages asking for money for people to get their cards back.
“Please note that notification messages will only reach you from Huduma Namba and not from another phone number,” he said.
Government spokesman Cyrus Oguna speaking in Nakuru on November 5, 2020.