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DP Ruto registers for Huduma Namba after missing launch

He was in the company of his children, who were also registered/DPPS

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 9 – Deputy President William Ruto on Tuesday joined residents of Langata to register for under the National Integrated Information Management System programme commonly referred to as Huduma Namba.

This comes as authorities reveal only 3,000 people have registered in Langata constituency while a meagre 106,000 people have acquired their Huduma Namba in Nairobi, a week after President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the exercise in Machakos County.

Nairobi has a population of five million people targeted for the 45-day Sh5 billion exercise.

The Deputy President queued with residents and waited for about five minutes, for him to be served.

He was in the company of his children, who were also registered.

“Every government service will be consolidated into one number so that it becomes easy for citizens so that one does not have multiple applications and registrations,” he said.

There were concerns after the DP failed to launch the exercise in Kakamega County- though former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka and ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi went to their respective assigned counties.

But in his defence, the Deputy President said he was hosting a delegation from Cuba, at his Karen office.

By April 4, only 105,000 people had been registered in the entire country.

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Though a court order gave Kenyans a leeway of deciding whether to register or not, President Kenyatta has cautioned that people risk failing to access Government services.

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC), and the Nubian Rights Forum have filed petitions challenging the rollout of NIIMS citing the lack of a legal framework on data protection.

The government has defended the creation of a digital database saying it will ease access to service and enhance planning.

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