Kenyans have been aggrieved by the government’s decision to use the image of a white woman on the sample of Huduma Namba card.
A sample of the e-card was shared on Twitter by Government Spokesperson Col. Cyrus Oguna, who sought to set the record straight after a fake version of the Huduma Namba card was circulated online. The fake Huduma Namba card had a Mastercard logo.
“This is the feel and look of the Huduma Card,” Oguna captioned an image of a sample of Huduma Namba card.
In a separate statement, Oguna said: “The Government of Kenya (GOK) has now distanced itself from the picture terming it as fake. Kenyans have been made to believe that this is how the #HudumaCard looks like. We wish to clarify that this is FAKE and that #HudumaCard has no expiry date. Kaa Chonjo.”
But what captured the attention of Kenyans on social media is the use of a picture of a Caucasian woman on the sample Huduma Namba card. They wondered why the government could not use a photo of a Kenyan.
@EstherAruka asked: “There was no indigenous African to use for the specimen?”
@BravinYuri tweeted: “So they had to use a white person as specimen. Wow!! 😂😂😂.”
@SankaHersi posed: “You could not get e.g Jane Kamau or Anthony Mutisia to use as a demo? Inferiority complex or a complete contempt for Kenyans? Which one is it?”
@geff_kim wondered: “Why would the kenyan govt use a sample with foreign details and even location to show a sample, they are not proud of their originality, this govt though needs prayers.”
@_samkioko said: “Apa kwa picha hamgepata "Wanjiku" ama "a fellow Kenyan" afikishe hii ujumbe ama Utopia would do it better!!? At such a time I still find this to be a misplaced priority, can we first deal with Corona issue!!!!”
@jandotony asked: “Why are you using a White woman, can't you get someone black like any other Kenyan to be a specimen 😠.”