Kenya: Idemia Blacklisting Won't Affect Huduma Namba Registration - Mucheru

Nairobi — The government has assured that the ongoing listing of citizens and foreigners on a digital master population database will not be affected by an ongoing parliamentary process seeking to blacklist a foreign firm contracted to supply electronic devices for the exercise.

Information and Communication Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has said in a statement the exercise dubbed Huduma Namba which has seen about 15 million persons registered so far will proceed as planned.

He further vouched for the architectural integrity of some 35,000 devices supplied by IDEMIA, a French multinational formerly known as OT-Morpho, saying software embedded on the gadgets was locally sourced.

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale on Tuesday led legislators in championing for a damning report seeking to have IDEMIA blacklisted for contravening provisions of the Companies Act, his Ruaraka colleague TJ Kajwang supporting the move.

Nambale's Sakwa Bunyasi also faulted the French technology firm for contravening the law, with the lawmaker recommending a 10-year ban.

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