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Kenya undertook a nationwide registration of its citizens for a centralised identity known as Huduma Namba in 2019.

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Court declares Huduma Namba roll out illegal

NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 14 – The High Court has declared the rollout of Huduma Namba illegal.

The court ruled that the process is illegal because the government did not conduct a data protection impact assessment ahead of the launch.

The ruling was issued Wednesday by Justice Jairus Ng’aah.

“An order is hereby issued to bring into this honorable court to quash the government decision of November 18 2020 to roll out Huduma cards for being unlawful,” he said.

“Order of mandamus is hereby issued compelling the government to conduct a data protection impact assessment in accordance with section 31 of the Data Protection Act before processing of data and rolling out the Huduma cards,” Judge Ngaah ordered.

Katiba Institute filed a petition in November 2020 challenging the decision by the state to roll out Huduma cards without carrying out the data protection impact assessment.

The court directed the government to carry out impact assessment before rolling out the the program.

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