Details are streaming in on why a number of kenyans are yet to receive the much publicized Huduma Nambas, the identification documents touted by the government as an eventual replacement of the current National ID Cards when the later is phased out.
In a report by The Nation, government officials reveal that mobile phone loans are one of the main reasons why a huge number of kenyans - especially the young people - have been unable to get their Huduma Namba.
It is revealed that a number of Kenyan youth who have mobile phone arreas on their Sim Cards after borrowing loans discarded their Sim Cards after failing to pay off the loans. This means that such kind of people are unreachable. This has been confirmed by Murang'a county commissioner Mohamed Barre who decried this challenge.
It is not only the issue of mobile phone loans that is hindering distribution and issuance of the Huduma Namba, the other factor is logistical challenges. Government officials who spoke to the aforementioned publication indicated that the recipients are no longer being asked where the Cards are to be delivered. So they are faced with the challenge of traveling for many distances to go and pick up the card.
This Voi based writer for instance, was shocked when she was told to go all the way to Homa Bay and collect her Huduma Namba despite applying for it at Wundanyi Huduma Center.
Some kenyans who spoke to The Nation also revealed that they are not willing to travel for such huge distances, use their resources to collect cards which they claim have no immediate use.
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