Case Filed to Stop New Digital ID Register in Kenya

Originally published at: Case Filed to Stop New Digital ID Register in Kenya
On the 18th of February 2019, the government of Kenya rolled out the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS), more popularly known as Huduma Namba (Swahili for “Service Number”). The system is intended to create and operate a national population register as a single source of information about citizens and foreign residents. It has been referred to by the government as the “single source of truth” in regards to citizenship documentation in the country. Four days before, on the 14th of February, Nubian Rights Forum (NRF), a Namati partner organization, filed a case in the High Court of Kenya Constitutional…

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Commendable job there Mustafa government services shouldn’t be pegged on a document and also the public should be involved in this process before decisions are made on their behalf

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@mustafa_mahmoud what I have come to see in our region to date is a syndrome our governments have adopted. The have empowered highly known coalitions with the tasks of structuring policy where by these organs don’t go back to the citizens and try to dialogue for what would best suite them but rather go on and build a policy on political and geographical know how which has instigated injustice in the way some government ideas are being implemented.

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For more updates on this effort, you can check the Twitter and Facebook pages of Nubian Rights Forum.

Here’s a message from yesterday:

@yasahkym @makkahyusuf @zena @Zahra @Omar @anitaopiyo @mariamhussein @Naima_Rajab @exchange_2018kenya

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Love the use of stats in the tweet. Clearly there has not been sufficient public awareness efforts taken by the government.

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In the past the legislature represented and guarded the common man’s interests. Nowadays it is full of Sycophants and Tumbocrats (Tumbo- Stomach) who only serve their masters or their stomachs. Hence no one holds the government accountable.

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We hope to get more up date of the case. You stand for the benefits of the community

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Please also update us on how the decision goes, today is it? Amazing how this is still a priority to a government ‘dealing’ with a natural disaster

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Yes, the court is expected to rule today on the applications for conservatory orders - in which the petitioners have requested the court halt the roll-out of the new digital ID register so the full case can be heard. We’ll share updates once they are available!

Here is a recent news article covering the case:

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