MPESA is a popular mobile money transfer service in Kenya that allows you to send and receive money, pay bills, buy airtime, and more.
However, did you know that you also need to register a next of kin on your MPESA account? A next of kin is someone who can access your account and receive support in case of an emergency, such as your death or incapacitation.
According to Safaricom, over 1.7 billion shillings remain unclaimed on MPESA accounts due to a lack of next of kin. This means that many people are missing out on their rightful inheritance and financial assistance.
To avoid this situation, you should register your next of kin as soon as possible. In this article, we will show you how to do it in a few simple steps.
How to Register Next of Kin on MPESA
To register your next of kin on your MPESA account, you need to have their mobile number and identification document number. You can use any of the following documents: National ID, Passport, Military ID, or Alien ID. Here are the steps to follow:
- Dial 2345# on your phone.
- Choose option 6, “Next of Kin”, from the list of displayed options.
- Enter your MPESA PIN to proceed with the next of kin set up.
- Enter the mobile number of your next of kin.
- Select the desired identification document type from the options provided.
- Enter their document number and confirm the details.
You will receive a confirmation message that your next of kin has been registered successfully.
Why You Need a Next of Kin on MPESA
Registering a next of kin on your MPESA account is not only a legal requirement but also a smart financial decision. Here are some of the benefits of having a next of kin on MPESA:
- You ensure that your loved ones can access your account and receive support when needed, without having to go through the cumbersome process of claiming unclaimed assets through the Unclaimed Assets Authority.
- You protect your account from fraudsters and scammers who may try to access it without your consent or knowledge.
- You make it easier for your next of kin to manage your affairs and distribute your assets according to your wishes in case of your death.
Register Your Next of Kin Today
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Register your next of kin on your MPESA account today and enjoy peace of mind knowing that your money is safe and secure.
It only takes a few minutes and it could make a huge difference for you and your family. To learn more about MPESA and other related services, check out our other articles below.
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