Government says viral Huduma Namba hacking story by a varsity student is fake news

The government has denied reports circulating on social media that the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS), alias Huduma Namba was hacked.

Last week, reports made rounds on social media claiming that a University of Nairobi IT student, Enock Ovitah alias Jakuo had been arrested for deleting files containing data collected from Kenyans who had registered for the Huduma Namba.

Through their official Twitter handle, the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government headed by Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’ i during the weekend refuted the alleged hacking and deletion of Huduma Namba files terming it fake news.

According to Nairobi News, Wangui Muchiri, the Interior Ministry spokesperson has also dismissed the claims saying, “News circulating claiming to have hacked Huduma Namba is utterly false. The exercise is going strong with 23.5 million secure registered persons,” she tweeted.

“The Government tested and subsequently put in a place a comprehensive spectrum of security measures long before rolling out the mass registration exercise. Hence, the reports about the hacking of the Huduma Namba system is fake and should be duly ignored,” the communication unit stated.

As reported by The Sauce last month, Kenyans will still be able to register for the Huduma Namba even after the May 17th, 2019 deadline and also update their information at will as the kits will be taken to chief’s offices where Kenyans can continue registering.

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