Court allows Huduma Namba registration;says it shouldn’t be mandatory

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Interior PS Karanja Kibicho (centre) during the pilot exercise of the NIIMS Huduma Namba registration
Interior PS Karanja Kibicho (centre) during the pilot exercise of the NIIMS Huduma Namba registration

The Huduma Namba registration will go on as planned, after the High Court gave the go-ahead, even though restrictions to be observed were also given. The already planned launch of the Huduma Namba registration, the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS), will take place in Machakos County, on Tuesday, presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta. The verdict was given by a three-judge bench after the case was filed by the Kenya Human Rights Commission.

The judges ruled that the government shouldn’t force anyone to register-after it emerged that one can’t access governments services without the number-and they also barred the government from issuing deadlines on the NIIMS registration. The collection of DNA and GPS coordinates has also been prohibited. Data privacy was one of the most pressing issues among Kenyans concerning the registartion, and many have dreaded how perosnal data will be handled and exposed.

Interior PS Karanja Kibicho had previsouly revealed that the governmet has done a lot of training to faciliate the registyrtion and they’ve procured 31,500 biometric kits, with around 50,000 staff to be deployed. He said there will be data capture forms during the registration process which will capture the name, citizenship, parents, education, physical disabilities, employment status, any agricultural activities, ten fingerprints and a photo will also be needed.