Huduma Namba to officially be rolled out in Machakos County

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The National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) commonly known as ‘Huduma Namba’ will be launched on Tuesday in Machakos County.

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

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

On Monday April 1st, The High Court has allowed the government to roll out the Huduma Namba program, beginning Tuesday, April 2 as had been earlier planned.

A three-judge bench comprising Justices Weldon Korir, Pauline Nyamweya and Mumbi Ngugi, however, ruled that the government should not make the exercise mandatory or issue deadlines for the collection of NIIMS data.

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

The government had said no Kenyan would receive government services, nor obtain an ID, passport, driving license or even a birth certificate without first registering on the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS).

The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC), Nubian Rights Forum, and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNHCR) filed separate cases challenging the NIIMS program on grounds that Kenya has no legislation on data protection.

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