Nairobi High Court on Thursday through a three-judge bench cleared the State’s Sh6 billion Huduma Namba project affirming there was public participation before the program was rolled out following an advert published on May 7, 2018 that saw the exercise conclude on 25th May, 2019.
The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC), the Nubian Rights Forum and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNHCR) had filed cases challenging the platform and questioning the legislation on data protection.
At the heart of the case was whether the data collected from millions of Kenyans is secure and free from manipulation by government operatives, whether there was public participation and if the same was anchored on law or not.
The judges confirmed the state is at liberty to proceed with NIIMS process and only use the data collected according to the law, since the collection of DNA information and GPS coordinates was intrusive and unnecessary, and therefore a legal framework must be put in place.
The State emphasized that the Interior ministry was just collating information from all other government agencies for proper planning, and for equitable resource allocation necessary for national development initiatives and key decision making.
During the release of the Judiciary Report last week, President Uhuru Kenyatta pointed out the case as among government projects that the Judiciary had stalled.
By Grace Josephine