Uhuru to roll out contested Huduma Namba in Machakos

April 2, 2019 8:52 am
The launch comes after the High Court declined to suspend the exercise following a suit filed by three human rights organisations/CFM NEWS

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 2 – The National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) commonly known as ‘Huduma Namba’ is set to be launched Tuesday in Machakos.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to preside over the event, which will take place at the Masii Boys High School grounds.

According to the government, the launch of Huduma Namba will enable all Kenyan citizens to access government services faster and more efficiently.

The launch comes after the High Court declined to suspend the exercise following a suit filed by three human rights organisations.

The three-judge bench however warned against compelling Kenyans to be registered to get the new identity number.

The judges also cautioned the government against taking DNA samples from those being registered.

Pending the determination of the case, the Interior Ministry was also barred from sharing information collected during the exercise with any organisation for any reasons.

The petitioners, who had wanted the courts to suspend the exercise argued that the condition restricting access to government services without a Huduma Namba is a violation of fundamental rights protected under the bill of rights.

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