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Matiang’i: “Gov’t to appeal ruling invalidating Huduma Namba”

In Summary

  • On Thursday, October 14, Justice Jairus Ngaah declared Huduma Namba invalid, noting that the process was in violation of the data protection laws.
  • The Data Protection Act was enacted by the National Assembly, but without consulting the Senate, leading to a legal challenge by the Upper Chamber.

The Government will appeal a ruling by the High Court that declared Huduma Namba roll-out in the country as illegal.

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i says that through Attorney General Paul Kihara, government will appeal against the decision, insisting that the court based its ruling on wrong interpretation of the “essence and practical intentions of the Huduma card”.

While invalidating Huduma Namba, Justice Jairus Ngaah said that government went against data protection regulations.

“Huduma card is essentially a collation of different identity documents already issued and certified by the Government. The argument that the relevant validation data wasn’t factored in is therefore spurious,” Matiang’i said on Friday when he met newly appointed assistant county commissioners at the Kenya School of Adventure and Leadership (KESAL) in Meru County.

Huduma Namba Integral

“Digitisation of identification documents into a unitary or master ID system is a global trend, and Kenya is no exception. The Government is keen to digitise its services and the Huduma card is integral to the envisaged digitisation agenda.”

The government spent at least KSh10.6 billion in the registration and roll-out of Huduma Namba.


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