Opinion: Another failure called Huduma Namba

The high court in Kenya declared that the rollout of Huduma Namba is illegal. The government of Kenya failed to undertake a Data Protection Impact Assessment before rolling out the digital ID system as required by Kenya’s Data Protection Act, 2019” (Unwanted Witness, 14.10.2021).

The Jubilee government and President Uhuru Kenyatta have failed again. This isn’t the first case of government policies not being legally rolled-out. The same happened to Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), minimum taxes, the lack of appointing judges, illegal operation of Nairobi Metropolitan Service and the Chief Administrative Officer (CAS). All of these policies and government work has been dismissed in the Courts. So, this government haven’t a good track-record.

So, not shocking…

The government will appeal the high court ruling that invalidated Huduma namba rollout. Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i argued that the court verdict was based on the wrong interpretation of the essence and practical intentions of Huduma Namba” (Iftiin FM Kenya, 15.10.2021).

The Jubilee really wants this to happen. As the roll-out has so far reached 11.2 million Huduma Numba Cards been processed, only 6.5 million cards collected. This means a bit over half of the cards has been picked by the citizens. The 2019 law is clearly not legal and the usage of it is questionable at best.

Only 6.5 million Huduma Namba cards collected from the 11.2 million processed, gov’t Spokesman Cyrus Oguna says distribution ongoing” (Radio Citizens, 13.10.2021).

Huduma Numba is a restrictive and was done with a foreign entity called Mastercard, which described it like this: “Nairobi, Kenya – February 7, 2017 – Mastercard commits to supporting the roll-out of the Huduma Card in Kenya as the technology partner of choice for the local government organisation. The secure payment solution supports Kenya’s Vision 2030 that calls for reforms in public services to enhance accountability, transparency and efficient service delivery, with focus on developing a cashless economy” (Mastercard, 2017).

So, here they are speaking of cashless society and that’s a banking services. While the same card is supposed to enhance the public services too. That is two different types of customer-bases and should be separated. This is not good for the data collected for the state and can be used by the Mastercard company.

The Huduma Namba card had to be used to access any sort of government service. If you need a passport, marriage license, driving license, register to vote, paying taxes, register a phone number, open a bank account, register company or organization, benefit from a government scheme, enrol to public educational facility, register a motor vehicle and other public services. This shows how the card was the identification every citizen needed. They were forced to have this card, as they wouldn’t have access or ability to get help from the government.

The state should just scrap this one and be careful with the data collected. Also, ensure Mastercard does the right thing and hopefully it isn’t in a loophole of technical data storage. As the international card company cannot have this massive power and monopoly on all customer data. Which they are getting with this Huduma Numba scheme.

A card that opens all the gates of government, but also to create a cashless society. That says it all about the different plans from Jubille and what Mastercard wants out of it. This is two very different plans and it should have been stopped before the citizens was signing up. They were forced … and had no other option. Because, if they didn’t sign-up they would loose out and wouldn’t have access to government entities and schemes. That should worry everyone.

Alas, we know this isn’t over and will be prolonged as the state will appeal the verdict. While the courts should also consider compensation for the burden and time the citizens had to use to get the card. Mastercard should also state what sort of arrangement they have with the Ministry of Interior and how they dissolve this agreement. Peace.

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Opinion: I believe Matiang’i would like to be crowned king…

The Super CS Fred Matiang’i, the most trusted individual and Cabinet Secretary in the years of President Uhuru Kenyatta. He would prefer, if his the successor and rightful heir. This man is aiming for the throne and wants to be more than just a appointed Chief of Staff.

Matiang’i is the sort of man that denounce and talks ill of infidelity, but still have the ability to knock-up a student in a church-choir. That is the sort of fella he is. The CS might think we have forgotten about that, but we haven’t.

The CS might act holier than thou, but we know he isn’t. His just a power hungry individual. Who has gotten a lot of trust and pleasure in office. A man who is in high regard and is the point-guard of the Kenyatta years.

This man will never take blame, ever say his wrong or ever, ever take any consequences for his actions. The CS better say its the media, another MP or CS who haven’t done their job. Because, Freddie Boy doesn’t do mistakes, but know that you do.

Because of his role and his ways. He has shown that he acts like a untouchable. That he can do what he pleases and without any concern. The only thing that will happen is that he uses someone else as a punchball. That is really the only thing for him.

If you write something bad about it. Expect the blogger, radio host or media personality to be in hot-water. Expect to swim on land from Mombasa to Nairobi. There will no be peace gathering and talks. No, the prison cell will await you. You should honour the CS and not throw shade.

Matiang’i thinks his it. The CS thinks he got it all. The man, the magician and the lumberjack knocking on wood. That is who he is. The senior supervisor, the grandest of them all and the future of the Republic.

CS Matiang’i wants to rule over them all. He might not say it, but his actions says so. His demeanour and attitude says so. The man cannot walk away from it. He has been in the spotlight for so long. We have seen how he operate and conducts himself.

This man would crown himself king and be called his highness, if he could. He would do that in a heartbeat and wanted the glory from that day. The next eternal leader and the future prince of the afterlife. That is who he is. At least in his own mind.

Matiang’i is like this and been allowed to act like this. Because Kenyatta allows it and benefits from it. Having a man with a bigger ego than stars in Hollywood. I’m sure Freddie Boy only baths in bottled Evian water and eats only the green M&Ms.

Well, enough nonsense, but this man will do whatever and wants the royal seal. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. He got it in him and if people let him. The Wrath of Khan will not be missed. Peace.

Kenya: Minister of Interior & Coordination of National Government – Misreporting of the Presentation Made by the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government at the Senate on 19th August 2020 (20.08.2020)

Aye Aye Captain Kenyatta: So Miguna Miguna is still overboard?

Greedy guts and blistering barnacles, why is this still a thing? Captain Uhuru Kenyatta and First Mate William Ruto, why are we still doing this in 2020? Wasn’t it enough to deport Dr. Miguna Miguna twice in 2018 and also bar him from entering the Republic a few times.

Now, there is issues with Air France and Lufthansa. Now, Dr. Miguna Miguna is travelling across Europe like a lonely crusader with a microphone, social media and addressed directly at TV-Shows. Instead of being forgotten like Dr. Ekuru Aukot and other contenders. His relevant because of your buffoonery. You understand that right? Aye Aye Captain?

With the knowledge of what has happen over the last few days. It is just more hectic, the Immigration says his free to enter. The Government spokesperson says his asked for the passport. The others say his free to enter, but the airlines says his barred, because the doctor has a “red notice”. Therefore, the Miguna is going nowhere, but in the end has to end somewhere.

This is really devious to play like this with a citizen. Someone who not long ago was a candidate for the governor in Nairobi. Not like he was a random mango vendor, but even a random mango vendor would have gotten more care and sincere support from the government, than what Miguna has gotten of late.

This is just a continuation of the deportation and sending him to exile. As they claimed he was an Canadian. Not Kenyan, even if he was allowed to run. But as long as the Kenyans has an American as an official in Asia. To have a Canadian with dual citizen should be easy pickings. Or is it because he insults the leadership on a daily basis and is a loose-canon of expressions on social media, that he has to be a soul. Awaiting his next time to return home.

However, this story is foolish from the get-go. No matter what character traits Miguna has. As a citizen, he shouldn’t be left stranded in Europe. If he wants to go home. Especially in consideration of the countless victories in Court. Which the state refuses to honour and respect in his concern. Maybe, it hurts the pride of Uhuru and William. Maybe, even Raila has gotten enough dirt on his name.

But if they are bigger than little insults and little micro-aggressive comments online. Than, they can muffle him inside the Republic, even try top pay him off. It worked well with the ODM, as they got preoccupied with the BBI. Let say, Miguna becomes the candle-guy of Parliament or even light-bulb organizer at the State House. He will be preoccupied and not have time to spread his statements 24/7. But the state wouldn’t make up an position for him. The one who swore-in Odinga. No, they want him to suffer. Because, the handshake only mattered to Odinga and not to Miguna.

Well, this just show how fickle, how little you can trust the ideals, the courts of law and bureaucracy. They are just insulting all intelligence with this one. Miguna is might be a little trouble-maker, but his this Republic’s troublemaker. No deny in that.

If Kenyatta, Ruto and Odinga is smart, they would try to find ways to comprise him. Not make him a firebrand dude in exile. Which they continues to do. Therefore, adding more and more insults to the injury and making him even more vocal.

It is like they want this and like seeing this happening to him. Instead of fixing it. Doing whatever steps and just letting the man enter. They are stopping him. Crossing with ferries and ships across the sea into Tunisia. Soon he has to cross Sahara bear-foot with the Tuaregs into Sudan. Then walk side-by-side of the river Nile and pass into Juba. Before entering as a Forrest Gump into Kenya with nomads and cattle-keepers into Nadapal, Turkana district. This will take months, but hopefully when entering this way. They cannot stop him from entering.

Well, I doubt he would do this. That he would go this far. Use all means possible. But it just shows how bad things are and how your mind can play tricks on you. Whatever might happen, but most likely in a few days in Toronto, Ottawa or where-ever he resides in Canada. As he got to have temporary home there now.

Miguna Miguna is a tragic case. A case of deception and lack of alliances. Some is caused on his own, the others are people not following the laws and court orders. Therefore, letting him be left behind. Which they now have done since they deported in 2018. We are an 2020 and this still a thing.

What you say Captain Kenyatta, Aye? Aye to let him in again? Aye, Aye Aye Captain? Peace.

Kenya: Press Statement on Dr. Miguna Miguna’s Travel (08.01.2020)

Kenya: Ministry of Interior & Coordination of National Government – Return of Dr. Miguna Miguna to Kenya (06.01.2020)

Opinion: Matiang’i must be an extraordinary CS!

By the new Presidential Order, the Executive Order of no. 6 of 2019 has now given more added tasks for Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, This is the second time this year, earlier in the year in about January 2019 he already got more to his portfolio, which meant he got in-charge of the National Development Implementation and also the Coordination of the Government Ministries.

Now on the 22nd August 2019, the same CS gotten even more to take care off in government. The faith put in the man is extraordinary. CS Matiangi in the newest presidential order is that his in-charge of the Co-ordinating Delivery of National Priorities and Flagship Programmes within the Presidents’ Delivery Unit and also National Cohesion & Values within the Directorate of National

Cohesion and Values.

This is not all, in addition, the CS and its ministry got also this:

II. REGISTRATION OF PERSONS & IMMIGRATION

II.I To foster the integration of the functions of Registration of Persons and the functions of Immigration, the State Department for Interior and the State Department for Immigration & Citizen Services are merged to establish the

STATE DEPARTMENT FOR INTERIOR & CITIZEN SERVICES.

II.II The State Department for Interior & Citizen Services shall be domiciled within the Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government” (Government of Kenya, 22.08.2019).

We all ready know that the CS is the special one, the one whose has the unique eye and handling of the business of President Kenyatta. Surely, to have him as an overseer, nearly a sort of Prime Minister and trusted CS. He has shown enough finesse for Kenyatta to have him to overlook the “Big Four” and also check upon the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI). Matiang’i must feel like an overlord.

That because Matiang’i get all this trust. He can impregnate daughters of church-leaders, initiate all out war on NASA during the Post-Elections in 2017 and show his loyalty ever since. Since, even if he failed as lecturer and also had big-scandals in office in the past. Still, his the sort of man that Kenyatta needs apparently.

Matiang’i must have some secret tricks or some methods to his trade. As the fate put into him is extraordinary. Even if there is not much to show for it. Unless, it is ordering extra public holidays and ordering people to leave the bars early for national census. Also, the loyalty towards the Huduma Namba and whatnot.

CS Matiang’i has done everything right in the eyes of Uhuru. If someone would be the golden-boy, the one to take up the mantle after Kenyatta. Seemingly, it must be him. Since, so much of the government work is put into his hands. Peace.

The crazy and mandatory exercise called the Huduma Bill of 2019!

Here we are, at this moment and time, where the Jubilee government, where the Kenyatta administration has no issues to launch a bill so draconian. That the state are forgetting their role for the citizens in their drive to pursuit the registration of all with Huduma Numba.

As the bill states: “AN ACT of Parliament to establish the National Integrated Identity Management System; to promote efficient delivery of public services; to consolidate and harmonise the law on registration of persons;to facilitate assigning of Huduma Namba and issuance of identity documents;to facilitate registration of births and deaths;and for connected purposes” (The Huduma Bill, 2019).

This sounds legit, but at the same time, the registration for these reasons should already be in other parts of the legislation. Not for a NIMS or Huduma Namba but for a commercial ideal, which is an agreement between Mastercard and the Government of Kenya.

As explained here: “Nairobi, Kenya – February 7, 2017 – Mastercard commits to supporting the roll-out of the Huduma Card in Kenya as the technology partner of choice for the local government organisation. The secure payment solution supports Kenya’s Vision 2030 that calls for reforms in public services to enhance accountability, transparency and efficient service delivery, with focus on developing a cashless economy. The Huduma Card is a prepaid card with chip and PIN technology that will connect all Kenyans to the formal financial sector by providing a secure, reliable and flexible payment option. The Huduma Card, powered by Mastercard, is currently being issued by Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA), Diamond Trust Bank (DTB), Equity Bank and Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), with no bank charges being allocated to citizens when registering for the smart card” (Mastercard, 2017).

Clearly, this should be a voluntary exercise, as the commercial aspect of this shouldn’t make this mandatory. However, with this law, they are really showing no regard for the public. As they are not asking people to accept a commercial agreement with Mastercard, but doing it mandatory.

As stated in the law here:

8.(1) Every resident individual shall have a mandatory obligation to present theHudumaNambain order to—

(a)be issued with a passport;

(b)apply for a driving licence;

(c)register a mobile phone number;

(d)register as a voter;

(e)pay taxes;

(f)transaction the financial markets;

(g)open a bank account;

(h)register a company or a public benefit organisation;

(i)transfer or make any dealings in land;

(j)register for electricity connection;

(k)access universal health care services;

(l)benefit from the government housing scheme;

(m)register a marriage;

(n)enrol into a public educational facility;

(o)access social protection services;

(p)register or transfer a motor vehicle; or

(q)any other specified public service” (The Huduma Bill, 2019).

As you see from this, most of the state services are bound by having the Huduma Numba and the Mastercard connected to it. If you don’t have it, you are not getting access to government services. They have even more of them too, even passports:

(2)The requirements for applying or replacing a Passport are—

(a) Huduma Namba;and

(b)prescribed fee” (The Huduma Bill, 2019)

So, by this state, even passing by a road-block, the Police Officers needs to see your Huduma Numba to let you pass by. To prove that your not a felon, but an innocent citizen.

To top this off, the legislators plans to sanctions the ones who doesn’t want to comply to this: “48.A person who carries out or permits the carrying out of any transaction specified in section 8 without a Huduma Namba commits an offence” (The Huduma Bill, 2019).

It is actually an felony to not comply with previous part of law. They are not only stopping people from getting government services if they don’t have the Huduma Numba and Card made by the Mastercard, but also making it a felony not to register it properly.

The giant lie of this bill, is this sentence in the ending of it:

The Bill does not limit any fundamental right or freedoms” (The Huduma Bill, 2019).

Well, if you cannot access any of the government functions or get the needed services because of not having the Huduma Namba and Huduma Card, than your kind of limiting the fundamental rights or freedoms. The liberty of the person is taken away, as they got to do this. This is taking away people’s freedom, to put them into a government scheme, as they have signed off together with Mastercard. They could have done this with VISA and it would have been the same issue, even for Gods sake, American Express.

So, when CS Fred Matiang’i wrote that this bill doesn’t limit any fundamental righ or freedoms of its citizens. I believe he was high or drunk, because he couldn’t write that with a clear mind. Unless, his heartless and doesn’t understand the basic components of the bill. You don’t need to be a legal scholar to get the gist here. Peace.