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Why the Huduma Namba (number) project is hogwash ….
Okay, yeah I know this is not really a question but I feel it had to be said.
Let’s start with why the government claims Kenyan citizens ‘need’ to have a Huduma Namba (number):
1 – it will be a national catalogue of all citizens’ data
2 – it will reduce crime by improving traceability of persons
3 – it will smoothen service delivery by synthesising all registration facilities i.e. NHIF, NSSF, voter registration, etc.
4 – it will curtail fraudsters who use identities of deceased persons
Now, let us turn to why the project is bogus: –
– a national ID card, which comes with unique serial and ID numbers, can serve purposes (1) to (4) above which begs the questions:
a) why isn’t the government simply using national ID registration to harmonise the data?
b) there was a time some money was allocated to make national ID cards ‘smart’ (with data chips) so what happened?
– just as it was with the botched anglo-leasing project, one can argue that this may simply be another avenue to steal public funds while pretending ‘to work’
– why can’t a national ID card (its data rather) be used to do (4) above? If they argue that the data is wanting then that would be a confession of incompetence on part of the government which again begs the question why we would then trust them with this new Huduma Namba project
I can go on and on but this gives a gist of the flakiness of the Huduma Namba project.