NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 2 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has described the rumours surrounding the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) otherwise known as Huduma Namba as outrageous.
President Kenyatta who launched the countrywide registration exercise in Masii, Machakos County on Tuesday afternoon dismissed claims by a section of members of the public that the Huduma Namba is demonic.
The Head of State was particularly disturbed by the narrative being peddled by some members of the clergy who were preaching to their congregations that the exercise was symbolic to that captured in the book of Revelation where it narrates about the mark of the beast – 666 – where no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark.
“I was shocked the other day when I heard that some people who were preaching the word of God were saying that this exercise is demonic. Honestly, how does Satan and identifying yourself relate?” he asked.
He cautioned members of the clergy and those entrusted to guide Kenyans in their spiritual nourishment journey to cease peddling what he termed as “lies”.
“Please let us not use the privileged positions we have been given and the respect that the people give us to spread lies. This is supposed to improve our ability to provide Kenyans with the services that they truly deserve and desire,” he said.
Bemused by the other misconceptions held by the public about the process, the Head of State further downplayed claims that people will be compelled to take DNA samples when undertaking the exercise.
“The government is not interested in anyone’s DNA samples. The samples are only meant for an individual and their respective families,” he said.
The DNA question was also highlighted by a ruling of a three-judge bench of the High Court on Monday when the judges warned the government against taking DNA samples from Kenyans during the registration.
President Kenyatta further sent members of the public who were gathered during the launch into laughter when he said that the process was not any way targeting individuals who were engaging in promiscuity or popularly known as ‘mpango wa kando’.
“Our old men are now being told that this process will reveal their secret affairs and the number of children that they have sired out of wedlock. I want to insist that all those stories that are being peddled around all of them are lies,” he said.
Despite all the falsehoods being disseminated, President Kenyatta reiterated that the biometric exercise will go a long way in revolutionizing how citizens and foreigners living in the country will get to access government services.
He urged members of the public to come out in their larger numbers and undertake the exercise during the 45 days window while insisting that it was the best thing to do.
President Kenyatta led a host of other top government officials today in launching the exercise with ODM’s Raila Odinga overseeing the exercise in Likoni, Mombasa County, Deputy President William Ruto was represented in Kakamega by Cabinet Secretaries Amina Mohammed and Eugene Wamalwa, Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka was in Murang’a and ANC Leader Musalia Mudavadi was in Kajiado.