Process to operationalize Huduma Namba-By Joseph Ojwang

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The government is putting in place laws that will guide issuance of Huduma Namba to Kenyans who did not get a chance to register in the earlier exercise.

This is in line with the High Court judgment that gave Huduma Namba green light but with conditions that was to be met.

Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Jerome Ochieng says the government heeded to the court’s ruling and is now putting in place proper legislation framework.

Ochieng spoke at Tom Mboya Labour College in Kisumu on Wednesday when he opened a two day public participation on Registration of Persons Act (National Integrated Identity Management System) Regulations 2020.

He says that Data Protection Act 2019 is also being developed to operationalize the process.

The PS says once the legislation process is complete then the government will roll out the second phase of registration.

He assured Kenyans that whatever information they will give to the government during the process will be safe.

The Kenya Human Rights omission (KHRC), the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNHCR) and the Nubian Rights Forum had filed a case in court challenging the process.

But in their ruling, Justices Mumbi Ngugi, Pauline Nyamweya and Weldon Korir allowed the government to proceed with the exercise but within a proper legislation framework.