Matiang’i: We’ll appeal ruling invalidating Huduma Namba

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has said the Government, through the Attorney General, will file an appeal against the High Court decision that quashed Huduma namba cards rollout.

Matiangi, who spoke on Friday, October 15, when he meet newly appointed assistant county commissioner at the Kenya School of Adventure and Leadership in Meru County, said the Court’s rulling was based on wrong interpretation of the essence and practical intention of Huduma cards.

“Huduma card is essentially a collation of different identity documents already issued and certified by the Government. The argument that the relevant validation data wasn’t factored in is therefore spurious,” he said.

The CS further said the government is keen to digitize it’s service and the Huduma card is intergral to the envisaged digitisation agenda.

On Thursday, the High Court quashed the decision by the state to rollout Huduma card, rulling that it was illegal.

Justice Jairus Ngaah said the state erred by not conducting a data protection impact assessment before rolling out the cards.

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    Written by Pauline Nabwire

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