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We Are Ready for You At The Appeals Court, Civil Societies Tell Govt on Huduma Namba


A group of Civil Society Activists has said that they are ready for a fierce battle with the government at the Court of Appeal on  Huduma Namba  ruling that stopped its issuance.

The group comprised of the Katiba Institute, Kenya Human Rights Commission, Nubians Right Forum among other organizations says that they will not sit back and watch government interfere with rights of Kenyans.

‘’We are much ready for them even  if it reaches Supreme Court, because this is something that is touching Kenyans’ lives directly… you remember we still have a case against the government on this and our prayers were that  the entire process be cancelled in totality,’’ Robert Waweru of KHRC told Ghetto Radio News.

The group also wants a clear legal structure to be adopted by the government before embarking on another roll-out.

‘’Establish a robust legal framework and governance via country wide public participation, govern the extensive nature of Huduma Namba and the impact it will have on the lives of all Kenyans  there is need for a national discussion about the future of identification in Kenya, including public input into the development of anchoring legislation, the system design a governing body for NIIMS that can be accountable for implementation and give effects to rights  enshrined in the constitution and other applicable laws,’’ the combined statement reads in part.


Same were echoed by Nubians Rights Forum Chairman Shafi Husssein who asked the government  to also ensure the issuance of ID is given priority to those that do not have and are above 18 years of age.
‘’This was our first prayer that Nubians and other community be issued with IDs so that it becomes easy  for them to apply for Huduma Namba but  no one listened ….the issue of Data protection is well captured in Article 31  again no one bothered to comply with court directive on this,’’ Shafi said.

Court declared Huduma Namba process illegal, the High Court further directed the government to conduct a data protection impact assessment before rolling out the cards.


By Allan Otieno