The registration of the Huduma Namba referred to as the National Intergrated Identity Management System (NIMS) process has been suspended until Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and ICT CS Joe Mucheru appear before the Senate.
The Senate on Thursday temporarily halted the exercise after Matiang’i and Mucheru failed to appear before the Senates Standing Committee on National Security, Defense and Foreign Relations on Wednesday but instead sent their administrative secretaries.
The two leaders are set to re-appear before the committee on March 11 this year and inform the board why Parliament was not notified on the commencement of the process.
Senator Johnson Sakaja, who is a member of the committee, criticized the action by the two leaders and interpreted it as a way of snubbing the summon issued.
Cheruiyot in a letter addressed to Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, had pointed out that Matiang’i and Mucheru had to explain in detail the matter.
“Explain the reasons for the introduction of NIIMS. [Two] Provide ownership details of company(ies) undertaking the exercise and explain whether the due procurement process was followed in acquiring the services of the said company(ies),” read a part of the letter.
The lawmaker further requested for the two CSs to inform the country on the budget allocated for the exercise by outlining what each part would cost.