Kenya: Uhuru’s Huduma Namba in limbo after court nullified laws

Published: 29/Oct/2020
Source: The Star (Nairobi)


The High Court’s ruling on Thursday to nullify 23 bills that were passed by the National Assembly without involving the Senate could cause a potential hitch for President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Among the bills affected is the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act, 2018 (No. 18 of 2018).  Among the laws amended under this Act is the Registration of Persons Act that provided for the establishment of the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) popularly known as Huduma Namba.

On the Registration of Persons Act, the Parliament had introduced new definitions in proper alphabetical sequence and made a number of changes. The court has however suspended orders nullifying the laws for nine months.

The nullification comes at a time when Kenyans are waiting to receive the Huduma Namba cards after the President and the First Lady became the first to be issued with cards during Mashujaa Day celebrations at Gusii Stadium in Kisii county.

The president had urged the National Assembly to conclude work and clear the Data Commissioner appointee, whose office will be tasked with the enforcement of the Data Protection Act and exercise oversight on data processing operations, among other roles.

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Themes: ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2020