The coveted Huduma Namba that is taking the country by storm is likely going to raise an uproar in a number of rea for different reasons even after the court and government insisted that it will be voluntary.
The uproar is likely going to be seen in Machakos if what is going around will be a thing to go by.
Machakos County Government staff will not get next month’s salary without registering for the Huduma Namba, the county administration has warned.
This comes in spite of a High Court order, delivered by a three-judge bench on April 1, 2019, that the government should not issue deadlines for the collection of National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) data or make the exercise mandatory.
Machakos County, however, on Tuesday released a memo to all staff directing them to register for NIIMS and get a Huduma Namba by April 20, 2019.
“Please note that your May 2019 salary will not be released without your Huduma Number (Namba) having been submitted to the payroll office,” read the memo signed by Public Service and Quality Management Chief Officer Joseph Ochwada.
In a move that had sparked public uproar, the government previously said no Kenyan would receive government services, nor obtain an ID, passport, driving license or even a birth certificate without first registering on the system.
The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC), Nubian Rights Forum, and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNHCR) filed separate cases challenging the NIIMS programme on grounds that Kenya has no legislation on data protection.
Justices Weldon Korir, Pauline Nyamweya and Mumbi Ngugi on Monday allowed the government to roll out NIIMS as had been earlier planned.
The court, however, also barred the government from collecting DNA data and GPS coordinates as well as sharing the information with any foreign organization.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday launched the programme in Masii, Machakos County, while opposition leader Raila Odinga presided over the roll out at Shika Adabu area in Likoni, Mombasa County.