Govt Rubbishes Ruto Allies Rigging Allegations

  • Deputy President William Ruto dances during the Olngesher Lool Ilmerishie ceremony in Kajiado County.
    Deputy President William Ruto dances during the Olngesher Lool Ilmerishie ceremony in Kajiado County.
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  • The Ministry of Interior on Friday, September 25, released a statement urging Kenyans to be wary of misinformation, disinformation, and conspiracy theories that were being propagated about Huduma Namba.

    The statement came a day after Deputy President William Ruto's allies alleged that there is a plot by the government to manipulate data in the 2022 general elections using Huduma Number.

    The ministry urged Kenyans who had any questions relating to Huduma Number to direct them to the office of the Government spokesperson or through relevant social media pages.

    Deputy President William Ruto at Jubilee Party headquarters on September 22, 2020
    Deputy President William Ruto at Jubilee Party headquarters on September 22, 2020
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    "The database logistics and the software for NIIMS are 100 per cent Kenyan government funded, designed and developed and solely managed by Kenyans," reads a statement signed by the Principal Administrative Secretary (PAS) Moffat Kangi.

    On Thursday, legislatures allied to DP Ruro poked holes at the Interior PS Karanja Kibicho's announcement that there were plans to carry out a second mass registration exercise for the Huduma Number.

    "We want to tell them that if it is about public procurement, they have no business taking it to the National Intelligence Service. Take it through the legal processes," Ichungwa stated.

    Nakuru senator Susan Kihika weighed in on the matter, questioning why the National Intelligence Service (NIS) was being involved in the proposed registration rather than the parent ministry.

    The legislators demanded answers as to what became of the first phase of registration conducted in 2019.

    "Tell Kenyans what the outcome of the first registration was," Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa demanded.

    The Ministry now says that over 90 percent of the datasets collected from the 37 million Kenyans during the mass registration exercise had been cleaned up and matched.

    They added that mass production of Huduma Cards was set to begin by the end of this year.

    Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika.
    Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika.
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