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Uhuru to launch Huduma Namba in Machakos

The final ruling on the matter will be delivered by a three-judge-bench a day to the NIIMS’ official launch.

In Summary

•Assistant chiefs and clerks in all the 47 counties have already been trained to kick start the 45 days registration.

•However, the court is yet to rule on the case challenging the NIIMS launch.

Kisumu County Commissioner Pauline Dola during the Huduma Number National Integrated Identity Management System (Niims) registration in Kisumu.
Kisumu County Commissioner Pauline Dola during the Huduma Number National Integrated Identity Management System (Niims) registration in Kisumu.
Image: FAITH MATETE

President Uhuru Kenyatta will on Tuesday preside over the national launch of the Huduma Numba project in Mwala, Machakos county. 

Mwala deputy county commissioner Aphaxard Gitonga said plans were on the top gear to host the President for the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) launch.

Uhuru's advance team led by among other senior statehouse operatives Amos Gathecha toured the Masii Boys High School to start logistical planning last week.

“The national launch will take place at Masii grounds on April 2, the President will be registered there,” Gitonga told the press in his office on Friday.

Assistant chiefs and clerks in all the 47 counties have already been trained to kickstart the 45 days registration drive which according to the Interior Ministry merges all key government identity data documents into one.

However, the court is yet to rule on the case challenging the NIIMS launch.

The suit seeking to suspend the roll-out of the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) was filed by the Kenya Human Rights Commission, Nubian Rights Forum, and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights at Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi.

According to the three groups, the condition that no one will access government services without a Huduma Namba is a violation of fundamental rights protected under the Bill of Rights.

They argue that public services should not be pegged to documentation and that communities like the Kenyan Somali and Nubian risk further marginalisation.

The government said the exercise is aimed at having one central point which will serve as the single source of truth on someone’s identity for enhanced service delivery.

The final ruling on the matter will be delivered by a three-judge-bench a day to the NIIMS’ official launch.

The Huduma Namba’s national launch will, therefore, depend on the court’s determination.