In Summary
  • The two issues have become the most controversial as their implementation has caused fears.
  • The High Court allowed the government to carry on with Huduma Namba registration but many restrictions were put on its way.
  • Like Huduma Namba, the housing levy has become controversial as the government seeks to collect the funds from all salaried workers.

At his second swearing-in following a controversial re-election, President Uhuru Kenyatta looked at something that would prove to his supporters and critics that he meant business in his final term – after a first one riddled with scandals and fighting from the opposition.

The Big Four agenda was born and in it, there was the affordable housing aspect.

Huduma Namba followed later (though not a pact in the Big Four agenda); with the government marketing it as an easy way to access government services by consolidating the many identification and statutory membership cards into one.

MOST CONTROVERSIAL

But in a short time, the two issues have become the most controversial as their implementation has caused fears and left many unanswered questions. Both are being challenged in court.

While the High Court allowed the government to carry on with Huduma Namba registration, many restrictions were put on its way: Collection of DNA and the use of the Global Positioning System as identifiers were suspended pending hearing and determination of the petitions, government was barred from making registration for Huduma Namba mandatory, the court also stopped the government from setting registration deadlines.

The government was also barred from denying any unregistered person access to any government services as well as sharing/disseminating any personal information collected with any third parties.

HOUSING LEVY

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