Why some Kenyans are against Huduma Namba

Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang (facing camera from left), Uasin Gishu Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno, Uasin Gishu County Commissioner Abdi Hassan and Turbo Sub-County Administrator Wilson Sawe give their details to workers from Huduma Namba on February 18, 2019. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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  • Kenyans particularly took issue with the threat that those who fail to register will not access essential government services.

  • Economist David Ndii says the government veered from the original intent that was to upgrade the country’s outdated identification card system.
  • Oxford and Harvard-trained lawyer Nanjala Nyabola faulted the government, saying the project was just another roadside declaration.

A section of Kenyans have taken issue with the government’s ambitious Sh6 billion digital registration exercise that seeks to give everyone in the country a unique code dubbed Huduma Namba.

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