'China poised to become a leading 5G market'

China to
lead in 5G 

Deloitte offers
research, insight.

Sunday, Mar 24th

Attempt to block Kenya's national ID system

Attempt to block Kenya's national ID system

The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) has lodged a case in court to stop the implementation of the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) or 'Huduma Number' arguing it is shrouded in secrecy.

"NIIMS was sneaked in through Miscellaneous Amendment Act 2018 that made a major amendment to the Registration of Person Act, inserting a statement that provides the legal basis for the project," KHCR said in a statement.

"Miscellaneous amendments do not give room for facilitating public involvement. NIIMS will have a substantial effect on individuals once implemented, hence ought to have been subjected to public participation," it added.

The KHRC statement added that the system will exclude the registration of border or pastoral communities who have no identification documentation and this will deny them access to government services.

It added that Kenya still lacks data and protection laws, and this could place the security of the citizen database at risk.

The Consumer Federation of Kenya (Cofek) questioned the manner which the technology was awarded to the implementation partners including Mastercard and French firm OT-Morpho which handled the defunct August 2017 General Elections.

The organisation posted a tweet which stated: "THE GOVERNMENT seems set to kill its' own project on National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) by engaging the shameless French firm OT-Morpho - which publicly confessed to have failed to deliver for @IEBCKenya.".

It is understood that the national registration will begin mid-March and the government is adament those not connected with the Huduma Number will not access official services.

In Uasin Gishu county Principal Secretary for Education Dr Richard Belio Kipsang affirmed that there was not mischief in collecting citizen data.

The NIIMS is being piloted in 15 locations in the country.

ALSO ON ITWEB AFRICA

Sage 300 manufacturing solution for Geiger & Klotzbucher Published on 12 March 2019

Geiger & Klotzbucher contacted AWCape to re-deploy Sage 300cloud, with successful end-result.

How the Twoobii solution enables telephony services Published on 18 March 2019

The Twoobii solution was also specifically engineered to support the implementation of IP telephony services using VoIP technology. Q-KON offers a brief outline of what is required to implement the solution.

World's biggest Web host GoDaddy descends on SA Published on 13 March 2019

The Arizona-headquartered company officially launches in SA, and will take on the likes of Afrihost and MWeb.