Kenya: Government sued over new ID system

Published: 14/Jun/2023
Source: The Standard (Kenya)

By Kamau Muthoni

A lobby group has asked the High Court to bar the government from launching a new digital identification system citing a waste of public funds.

Operation Linda Jamii in its case filed on Wednesday argues that the system to be introduced by the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) government will in turn render useless, the Sh11 billion Huduma Namba project.

The National Integrated Identification management Systsm (NIIMS) was launched and implemented by the Jubilee administration.

The civil society group’s lawyer Morara Omoke argues that President William Ruto cannot drop the multi-billion project without giving a credible explanation of why millions of cards were issued to Kenyans and the data collected from them are not helpful to the government.

He states that a new system will be an unnecessary load to Kenyans who are struggling with the high cost of living.

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Themes: ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2023