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[Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiang'i during press briefing on NIIMS. Photo/Courtesy].

The government will not extend the registration of Kenyans on the National Integrated Information Management System- NIIMS.

The stipulated duration of 45 days lapses on Saturday 18th May and Kenyans have been urged to register.

Interior Cabinet secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i said that over 31 million Kenyans have so far registered for Huduma number though the government projected 40 million target.

Matiang’i said the government will not at any point extend the stipulated time.

“We are not forcing anyone to go and get their Huduma number, if you feel its important go for it, if you do not see the importance its up to you,” added Matiang’i.

He did not specify any drastic measures for none registration grounds by Saturday this week.

Targeting Kenyans in Diaspora

He said the exercise is also being undertaken abroad targeting Kenyans in Diaspora.

He said the exercise started on 6th May and 154 registration kits disbursed in 54 missions globally to enable Kenyans get their Huduma number.

“This registration will spare Kenyans the agony of carrying many documents whenever in need of government services,” reiterated Matiang’i.

Data safety

On his part Information Communication and Technology Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru assured Kenyans that their data remains safe.

“We are partnering with other private companies handling public data to ensure total safety of information about Kenyans stored in their companies,” he added.

Speaking at the same address, Education Cabinet secretary Professor George Magoha said the exercise is being undertaken in schools to enable all pupils and students get registered.

Muslims for Human Rights-MUHURI, a rights lobby opposed the exercise saying it will sue the government if it denies Kenyans services on grounds that they lack Huduma number.

MUHURI Executive director Hassan Abdille said the government has failed in setting its priorities right but resolved in spending 6 billion shillings to implement such a program.

“The government should fight for food security, fully realise devolution, improve basic services to Kenyans and stop burdening Kenyans with unnecessary identification documents,” noted Mr. Abdille.