LISTING ENDS SATURDAY

No extension for Huduma Namba registration, says Matiang'i

In Summary

• Kenyans in the diaspora have until June 20 to register.

• This week registration centres will be open from 6am-6pm.

Interior CS Fred Matiang'i and other government officials on May 13, 2019
Interior CS Fred Matiang'i and other government officials on May 13, 2019
Image: MONICA MWANGI

The government will not extend Huduma Namba registration, Interior CS Fred Matiang'i has said.

The mass registration will end on May 18. Kenyans in the diaspora have until June 20 to register. Mass registration for Kenyans in Diaspora started on May 6 

Matiang'i on Monday said 31 million Kenyans have so far been captured on the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS).

The government has however extended the operation time in Huduma Namba registration centres. This week, registration centres will be open from 6am-6pm.

Matiang'i said no one will be forced to register.

Kenyans have also been assured that their details will be secure.

The countrywideHuduma  registration exercise was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta on April 2 in Machakos county.

Kenya Human Rights Commission, Nubian Rights Forum, and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights had tried to stop the exercise at Milimani Law Courts, but were overruled by the court.

The groups had said that the condition that no one would access government services without a Huduma Namba was a violation of fundamental rights protected under the Bill of Rights.

The High Court ruled the registration could continue provided Kenyans are not compelled to be listed and DNA is not taken as part of the drive.

The exercise had been supported by various politicians who said it will ensure that the government provides its services to the citizens efficiently.

The President had earlier dismissed claims Huduma Namba was connected to a cult or had a demonic meaning -666.

Last month, Kenya National Bureau of Statistics stated that Huduma namba is different from Census, which will be conducted in three months.