Barely a day to closure of Huduma Namba mass registration period on May 18, Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) has urged everyone to stop worrying about the deadline.
The lobby group said the High Court interim orders about the exercise were still in place and that the registration was not mandatory as implied by the government.
“Relax! Don’t panic. There is no deadline for huduma number registration, according to interim court judgement on National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS), the government cannot issue deadline for registration under NIIMS,” said KHRC in a Twitter post.
The group’s sentiments were similar to those echoed by Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua who said Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i was propelling a deadline propaganda in a bid to lure more Kenyans into registering.
On Monday, May 13, Matiang’i said already, over 31 million Kenyans have registered in the ongoing exercise and the government had no intentions of extending the deadline.
He argued the government had spent a lot of money in paying clerks who were registering people and it would increase the cost of the exercise by allowing more time.
While maintaining it was not mandatory for any citizen to register, the tough talking CS said it was only reasonable for Kenyans to have their details electronically captured to facilitate easy access and delivery of government services.
A spot check by TUKO.co.ke revealed many Kenyans were queuing at registration centres with the hope of getting enrolled before the deadline.
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