Government shelves plan to use Huduma Namba in 2022

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The government will not use the Huduma Namba card in next year’s general elections. This is according to government spokesperson Rtd Col Cyrus Oguna.

This revelation by the government’s spokesperson is attributed to delays in the process of issuing the cards, with more than half of Kenyans yet to access the crucial identification document.

”While it would have been the most preferred document, there was a delay in the Huduma Namba process after the court issued an injunction in May 2019,” Oguna said.

“The injunction was lifted months later, but on condition regulations on the management of data be developed. This was completed, and the process resumed but the delay had an impact on the process.”

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The government spokesperson who was speaking in Nairobi also revealed that as of October 13, 11.2 million Huduma Namba cards have been processed, and 6.5 million collected.

On Thursday, the High Court quashed the decision by State to roll out Huduma Namba cards ruling that it is illegal. Sitting in Nairobi, Justice Jairus Ngaah says the government faulted by not conducting a data protection impact assessment before launching the issuance process.

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