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KOT Up In Arms Against Gov’t Over Ksh1 Billion required To Print Huduma Namba Cards

Interior Ministry is also Seeking Ksh billion to pay clerks

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It has emerged that the Interior Ministry is seeking an additional Ksh1 billion to print the infamous Huduma Namba cards, that have already gobbled up over Ksh7 billion.

The National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS), famously known as Huduma Namba, was to be issued to Kenyans once listed, but made a U-turn and instead issued acknowledgement slips.

It is estimated that at least 38 million have been listed with NIIMS, hence it would take at least Ksh26 to print each card.

“At least we know the census numbers and we have seen the report being commissioned. The Huduma Namba is yet to be seen or presented to anybody and now we are being asked for another Sh1 billion. Can’t it wait until the economy improves?” wondered Budget and Allocation Committee (BAC) chairman Kimani Ichung’wa.

Read: Technical Flaws, Illegalities Of Huduma Namba Exposed In Court

The government is also seeking Ksh2.2 billion for payment of registration officers for the 8-day extension of the mass registration and digitization of data.

Following the revelations, Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) accused the government of burdening taxpayers with unnecessary expenses, that do not give value for money.

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Written by Francis Muli

Senior reporter at Kahawa Tungu, Muli has a passion for human interest stories. He believes in unearthing societal rots that have been hidden from the public eye. He has also carved himself a niche in writing business stories. He has worked for various organisations including Kenya Television Service, Business Today among others. Follow him on Twitter @FmuliKE.
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