Just hours after president Uhuru Kenyatta launched Huduma Namba in Masii, Machakos county, leaflets warning Kenyans over registering with the Huduma Namba were spread all over Kenya overnight.
According to the leaflets, the Huduma Namba is satanic,mark of the beast,the new world order!
The writers of the leaflets say the Huduma Namba is fulfilling what was written in the Bible in the book of Revelations 13:17 and Revelations 14:9-13.
According to the New International Version(NIV) Revelations 13:17 reads “so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.”
While Revelations 14:9-13 reads “A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, 10 they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever.There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.” 12 This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.
13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”
“Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.
Kenyans still have a lot of questions which need answers concerning the just launched Huduma Namba.
Some of the questions include;
Why was the Huduma Namba introduced that quickly?
Why was there no public participation?
Why was there no public education to create awareness?
Among other questions.
President Uhuru Kenyatta kicked-off the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) by signing up for his own Huduma Namba and flagging off the registration kits to all the 47 counties.
He rolled out the NIIMS project at the Masii Public Grounds in Machakos County while Sports, Culture and Heritage CS, Ambassador Amina Mohammed represented Deputy President William Ruto in Kakamega County where the exercise was launched simultaneously.
In a historic demonstration of national unity and common purpose, key opposition leaders trooped to three other launch sites to witness the roll out of the 45-day Huduma Namba registration drive which they all hailed as an important exercise.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga witnessed the roll out in Mombasa, former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka in Murang’a, and Nasa co-principal Musalia Mudavadi in Kajiado.
President Kenyatta said the NIIMS exercise will not only transform civil registration and data management in the country but also tame corruption and fast-track the implementation of the Big 4 development agenda.
“Huduma Namba will reduce delays and corruption in the delivery of services such as cash transfers for elderly persons and vulnerable children, issuance of passports and border control,” he said.
He added: “ NIIMS will facilitate faster and more effective implementation of the Big 4 agenda.”
The President said the NIIMS registration exercise will be able to verify the actual number of government employees including civil servants that include teachers and other cadres.
He said an audit of the Kenya Police Service undertaken last year had discovered about 5,000 ghost officers who were receiving a monthly salary of over Shs 148 million.
President Kenyatta said NIIMS aims to establish and maintain a master digital national population register that will serve as the only single source of identification for everybody resident in Kenya.
“It will integrate personal and functional data that is scattered in many government agencies into one single identity,” said the president adding that the number will be used at all stages of one’s life from birth to death.
NIIMS is used to save biometric (fingerprints and facials only), demographic and physical details of Kenyans and registered foreigners, an exercise that also aims at enhancing national security.
The president said the new Huduma Namba will not invalidate, instead it will harmonize other national registration processes like the sign up for Identity Cards, National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) , National Social Security Fund (NSSF), Birth and Death certificates or the Personal Identification Number (PIN) among others.
Calling on Kenyans to take advantage of the next 45 days to register, President Kenyatta said there are several reasons why the government is making the extraordinary effort to undertake the biometric registration for everybody living in Kenya.
“The need for accurate data as a key enabler for national planning, issuance of birth and death certificates and associated rights of nationality, schooling, passport and property ownership are all valid reasons for the registration,” said the President.
He said biometric identification and registration of farmers will facilitate fairer allocation of subsidized farm inputs including seeds and fertlizers.
“It will also improve accountability and transparency in the management of National Health Insurance Fund and inform planning, investment and allocation of affordable housing units,” the President said.
He said the NIIMS exercise will also facilitate and monitor capitation in schools adding that Kenyans will no longer be required to carry multiple IDs and, pensioners and widows will receive their dues with much ease.
Besides reducing transaction costs for Kenyans, said the Head of State, the new Namba will significantly reduce cases of identity theft and make financial and property transactions more secure.
President Kenyatta said a bill is currently being drafted to address concerns raised by Kenyans about security of the NIIMS data.
“Once passed by PARLIAMENT, the law will give you (the individual) a right to obtain a copy of the particulars of your personal data in the NIIMS database, restrict data sharing, and ensure security of the data against unauthorised access,” he said.
President Kenyatta criticised some church leaders for spreading lies and misleading Kenyans about the intentions of the biometric registration exercise.
Others who spoke at the launch ceremony included Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and the three governors from the lower Eastern counties including the host Dr Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Charity Ngilu (Kitui) and Prof. Kivutha Kibwana of Makueni.