Court Allows Huduma Number Registration Doing Away With DNA Collection

The High Court yesterday allowed the government to roll out the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS), also known as Huduma Namba, beginning Tuesday, April 2 as had been earlier planned.

A three-judge bench comprising Justices Weldon Korir, Pauline Nyamweya and Mumbi Ngugi, however, ruled that the government should not make the exercise mandatory or issue deadlines for the collection of NIIMS data.

Pending determination of the case challenging the exercise, the government was also barred from collecting DNA data and GPS coordinates as part of the NIIMS data.  The court also barred the government from sharing the NIIMS information with any foreign organization.

In a move that had sparked public uproar, the government had said no Kenyan would receive government services, nor obtain an ID, passport, driving license or even a birth certificate without first registering on the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS).

The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC), Nubian Rights Forum, and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNHCR) filed separate cases challenging the NIIMS programme on grounds that Kenya has no legislation on data protection.

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