The scuffle between legislators allied to the Deputy President and the Ministry of Interior Security about the second rollout of Huduma Number continues. This comes after the Interior Principal Secretary, Dr. Karanja Kibicho, announced the second phase of registration of the number.
Kibicho said that those who did not get a chance to register during the first phase will have a chance to register for the second phase.
Another Chance to Register For Huduma Namba
He further added that those who registered during the first phase will receive their E-Cards before the end of the year.
“You will get another chance to register for Huduma Namba if you missed out in the first phase, and e-cards will be issued before the end of the year,” said Kibicho.
As he announced the commencement of the second phase last week, Jubilee MPs allied to Dp William Ruto claimed that data collected under the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) is being manned with foreigners.
During the Deputy President’s visit to Kadjiado county on Saturday, the Jubilee lawmakers alleged of a plot to rig the 2022 elections using the Huduma Namba system.
They stated that the NIIMS has been placed under a foreign company for manipulation ahead of the 2022 elections.
Speaking in Kadjiado, Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika sensationally claimed that a foreigner had been hired and was already in the country to manipulate the data, as part of a plot to rig the 2022 General Elections.
But in a hasty retort, the Interior Ministry canned the claims and assured that the data is safe.
Moffat Kangi, the Principal Administrative Secretary (PAS) in the Office of the President, in a statement released last week on Friday sought to elucidate that the system was designed by the government and is presently under the full control of Kenyans.
“No single component of the enactment process is handled by foreigners,” said Moffat.
He further stated that people should ignore the claims laid by the legislators and should shun away from the outrageous claims.
As per yesterday, the MPs lifted the stakes in the Huduma Namba debate by claiming that there is a rush to pay Sh7 billion to the foreign-owned company through secret and hidden procurement.
“Now that the Ministry of Interior has told us all Companies involved are 100 percent Kenyan -can they publish their CR12 shareholding and disclose the ownership of this shadowy company? The President directed last year that the details of winning companies will always be published. Publish the names of the Kenyan companies involved, their role, and how much they are being paid,” said Dagoretti South MP John Kiarie.
The MPS demanded publication of the joint agreement signed between Kenya and the company as well as opening up of the Secret Perso Centre Site to all MPs. Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa asked Kenyans not to register in the second phase of Huduma Namba.
The Interior Ministry urged citizens not to take in the claims and “to be cagy of fabrication, misinformation, and conspiracy theories proliferated about Huduma Namba.”
On the other hand, the Orange Democratic Party (ODM) told off DP buddies over claims saying they have sensed defeat and are looking for what to blame for the failure.
ODM secretary-general Edwin Sifuna stated that the DP himself registered for the Huduma Namba in broad daylight smiling chin to chin and that he marketed it as a good thing.
“When did it suddenly become bad? He asked.
“The defeat coming their way in 2022 will be as a result of Kenyans rejection of their brand of politics and nothing else. Having seen their prospects dwindle by the day, they have begun laying a basis for rejecting the outcome of the 2022 Election and causing chaos and must be condemned in the strongest words possible,” he added.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, registering on the first phase of Huduma Number/photo/ Courtesy.
NIIMS, according to the government, was conceptualized as an integrated database to capture the bio-metric data and other information of all Kenyans and foreign nationals living in the country; upon registration onto the system, one would then be given the Huduma Namba to enable them access government services.
The process of the mass registration exercise for Huduma Namba was concluded exercise for Huduma Namba was concluded on May 25, 2019, and June 20, 2019, in the country and the diaspora respectively, the government is well on course to operationalize the centralized bio-metric identity system.
Thirty-seven million Kenyans registered for Huduma Namba in 2019.
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