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Huduma Namba roll out illegal, high court declares

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[A portrait of Huduma Namba card. Photo/Courtesy].

The High Court has declared the rollout of Huduma Namba illegal.

The court ruled that the process is illegal because the government did not conduct a data protection impact assessment before the launch.

The ruling was issued on Thursday by Justice Jairus Ngaah.

“An order is hereby issued to bring into this honourable court to quash the November 18 2020 government’s decision to roll out Huduma cards for being unlawful,” he said.

“Order is hereby issued compelling the government to conduct a data protection impact assessment in accordance with section 31 of the Data Protection Act before processing of data and rolling out the Huduma cards,” Judge Ngaah ordered.

Katiba Institute filed a petition in November 2020, challenging the decision by the state to roll out Huduma cards without carrying out the data protection impact assessment.

The court directed the government to carry out impact assessment before rolling out the program.