The role out of Huduma namba was clouded with a lot of misconception and false facts. Weeks after closing of the mass registration exercise, still numerous reactions are streaming in on the essence of Kenyans registering into Huduma Namba.
From the latest allegations, Huduma Namba is poised as one tool the government is planning to use to automatically register Kenyans as Tax Payers.
According to a piece of an extract which has been making rounds in social media, registering for Huduma Namba will automatically place someone into the bracket of tax payers once they hit the age of 18 years.
KRA missed targets: KRA to rely on Huduma Namba
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) May 30, 2019
Most people have urgued that this will help the government in collecting of revenues and taxes from mwananchi.
The Government has not come out to verify this piece of information which has broken the hearts of many Kenyans who sacrificed their time to honour government’s call for registration.
As it was hyped, Huduma Namba is meant to ease the access of government services which most Kenyans are yet to experience.
The high court in its ruling stated that the registration into Huduma Namba was completely voluntary. The privacy of the people was also protected by the High court’s ruling on Huduma Namba.
REMINDER….! TheHigh Court gave orders on #HudumaNamba as follows:
a) HudumaNamba is not NOT COMPULSORY. b)HudumaNamba should NOT have a deadline.
c) Government services should NOT be tied to HudumaNamba
d) NO collection of DNA and GPS data
Welcomeif u trust the Courts.
— S.N. Nyamao 🇰🇪 (@snnyamao) May 25, 2019
Although the allegations cannot be completely rubbished away the government needs to come clean.
The government discounted earlier reports circulating on social media that the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS), christened Huduma Namba, has been hacked.
Reports made rounds on social media claiming that a University of Nairobi IT student, Enock Ovitah alias Jakuo had been arrested for deleting files containing data collected from Kenyans who had registered for the Huduma Namba.
Through their official Twitter handle, the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government headed by Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i on Saturday evening refuted the alleged hacking and deletion of Huduma Namba files terming it fake news.
Kindly treat fake news circulating claiming #HudumaNamba has been hacked with the contempt they deserve.
The exercise is ongoing with 23.5 million people already registered.
Report any misleading information you spot. pic.twitter.com/uB0vRjrrzW
— Ministry of Interior (@InteriorKE) May 4, 2019
The same happened to the claims that the Government was planning to block sim cards of the people not registered for Huduma Namba.
The Communications Authority Director General Francis Wangusi put Kenyans on notice over the importance of the National Integrated Management Systems (NIIMS), saying there will be dire consequences if they don’t register.
Among the punitive measures, he said will be the inability to use one’s mobile phones, access to MPesa Service, Airtel Money, and ATM withdrawals.
But the information was rubbished by the Government.
HERE ARE SOME REACTIONS ON LATEST CLAIM OF HUDUMA NAMBA INTENTIONS
— Kimmy🌼 (@she_wambui) May 31, 2019
What is the "national digital ID" that is to be funded by part of the Sh75b that GoK is borrowing from @WorldBank? Is that #HudumaNamba? Like #SGR, this is another Jubilee vanity project that is plunging us further into debt, no?https://t.co/eVw12gNmKf pic.twitter.com/glx6MfY9NN
— gathara (@gathara) May 30, 2019
— Almamy Kalumanzillaa※ (@AlmamyMoha) May 31, 2019