Today I am reading from excited Kibicho newsmen on these streets that the country has stopped for the launch of Huduma Number, the highly touted National Integrated Management System (NIMS).
Muigai is leading the launch in Masii, Machakos County; Dr. Ruto is supposed to be in Kakamega; and wonder of wonders, “in the spirit of handshake,” Raila Odinga, who after adopting good manners, and is lately more government than Jubilee Party, and “is assisting Uhuru run government,” is in Mombasa (curiously at a place with an apt name, Shika Adabu, in Likoni); while his 2017 running mate is in Muranga and Mudavadi in Kajiado. What a united country?
I have also read that a court yesterday prohibited the State from including DNA sample in the biometrics, not to compel anyone to give personal information and that only those Kenyans willing to give out such information, which information the state is barred from sharing with any organizations, whether international or otherwise, can now proceed in the registration process.
My question is, if this process is now optional, why the hype and the cost of over Ksh.6b for the exercise? Won’t the money and the mobilization the government has put in place be more useful in tackling the drought, hunger and starvation ravaging some counties in the ASAL?
Besides don’t we have data bases on citizenship scattered all over the place that can be digitally collated and brought into one platform by someone sitting in an office and every person asked to log in to confirm their data.
Take an example of anybody holding a National ID or Passport, their information is with either the Registrar of Persons or immigration. Those who have voted have in the last four elections deposited their biometrics with the IEBC and not to mention records with KRA for those with PIN numbers.
Further, those who have sought government services online, like application for and renewal of Driving licences and passports, land searches, motor vehicle registration, certificate of good conduct, etc have an account on e-Citizen.
Why don’t we start with these and ask parents to present their children at the designated registration centres in a perpetual registration process. I understand the court too compelled the government not to put any timelines in the process.
Why is this “super CS” not being creative and thinking outside the box? Don’t even start shouting about foreigners taking advantage of the process. They will still do so even in this rushed process.
The thinking outside the box should first collate the available information from all sources, design verification processes and filter those with queries.
There is no better access number to any government portal involving citizens than the ID/PP number. Fred Matiang’i and Karanja Kibicho, apart from not being apolitical in their offices are just refusing to think.
I am foreseeing this Huduma Number becoming another scam, especially now that the court has proclaimed it not mandatory.