Huduma Namba: ODM senator vows he will not register arguing the process was unnecessary and time consuming.
The Senator accused the government of carrying out the process without conducting civic education and explaining to Kenyans what it was all about. Speaking on Citizen TV on Monday, May 20, the legislator maintained Huduma Namba was a misplaced priority that would not add any value to the lives of Kenyans.
"I have not registered and no way will I register. Wakenya wanasumbuliwa bure (they are bothering Kenyans for no good reason)," said the Senator. Ledama argued the court made a ruling on the matter and barred the government from forcing citizens to enlist with the National Integrated Information Management System (NIIMS), also known as Huduma Namba.
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The Opposition legislator said he was taken aback by the government's recent push and subsequent addition of time to ensure every Kenyan registers.
"The court made a ruling on this matter and stated clearly that no Kenyan should be compelled to registered, I am surprised with what is happening, Kenyans are being threaten and force to take Huduma Namba," he added He further faulted the legislation process guiding the exercise saying it violated the rights of Kenyans by failing to adhere to the citizen's fundamental right to privacy.
The politician claimed the government overlooked the input of the Senate on the matter making its legal process questionable. "Registration of passwords Act was changed under a miscellaneous Act and included sec 8(A) to say there will creation of this Huduma Namba; they violated our rights when they did that because this should have been brought to the senate for concurrence," said Ledama
Huduma Namba registration exercise commenced on Tuesday, April 2 and was supposed to end on Saturday, May 18, but President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered for its extension by one week. A section of Kenyans particularly Human Rights groups have opposed it on grounds that it lacked proper legislation guidelines and infringed on the citizens rights to privacy.
The government has, however, vowed to continue with the registration and has enlisted over 30 million Kenyans so far.