NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 4 – Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru says Kenyans should look at the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) commonly known as the ‘Huduma Namba’ registration positively as it aims to benefit them.
Speaking on Capital in the Morning show on Thursday, Mucheru reiterated that the initiative will ensure efficient service delivery to all Kenyans.
“If you are cooking at home, you need to know first of all how many people you are cooking for. Whether it is chapati or any other food. So, I am not sure it seems such a complicated thing that we want to be able to know next year, how many standard one kids should we be expecting,” he explained.
He stated that there has been a lot of misinformation on the exercise and urged the public to ignore them.
“Without data, you cannot plan, and really if we want to develop this country; if we want to ensure that we are giving our citizens services, then we must know who they are and we must be able to identify them and give them the services where they are at,” he said.
The exercise was launched on Tuesday with President Uhuru Kenyatta defending the exercise as the best solution to many challenges the government is facing.
“There is nowhere we have said we are actually taking DNA. We have clarified this over and over again, but even in the court process, people are asking that we stop taking DNA which is not the case,” Mucheru stated.
“In the provisions of the law, because they have defined biometrics, they defined everything that is related to biometrics and in that definition, DNA had been included but it does not in any place say that we are actually going to be taking people’s ear lobes and their iris.”
During the launch, the Head of State downplayed the claims, that when registering individuals will be compelled to take DNA samples.
He reiterated that the biometric exercise will go a long way in revolutionizing how citizens get to access government services.
The chairman of the National Technical Committee for implementation of NIIMS, Karanja Kibicho, and his counterpart Jerome Ochieng, were expected to give a progress report on the ongoing biometric registration for Huduma Namba.