Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has denied claims by Deputy President William Ruto allies that the government has hired foreigners to run the Huduma Namba registration exercise.
In a statement signed by Principal Administrator Moffat Kangi for the CS, the government said the exercise is solely being run by Kenyan nationals and the cards will be ready for roll out in December this year.
“The database logistics and the software for NIIMS are 100 per cent Kenyan government funded, designed and developed and solely managed by Kenyans,” the statement read in part.
“The government urges Kenyans to be wary of misinformation and conspiracy theories propagated about Huduma numba.”
Last week, PS Karanja Kibicho reiterated that the exercise is almost complete but there will be a second registration for those unable to register in the first round.
“Everybody will have an opportunity through either the mass registration session two, or themselves walking to the registrar of persons in future if they also miss out because this will be continuous process to eternity,” he said.
But according to DP Ruto’s allies who spoke in Kajiado yesterday, the Huduma Namba exercise was a ploy to rig him out come 2022.
“There is nothing like registration of Kenyans, these people just want to plunder public resources and use foreigners have been brought in to rig the 2022 elections,” said Nakuru Senator Susana Kihika.
Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungw’a alleged that the government sought the services of the foreign company through the National Intelligence Service (NIS) as a way of avoiding public scrutiny.
Again, he said, this was a scheme to lock out the DP out of the house on the hill.
“If it is about public procurement you have no business taking the procurement to the National Intelligence Service. If it is about the public registration, take it through the legal process of procurement and stop hiding behind NIS,” Ichung’wa said.
The DP however, steered clear of the subject but warned those scheming to keep him out of the race through intimidation tactics.
“Wale ambao wanatuuzia, Uogo, wanatuuzia Madharau na wanatuuzia kiburi watajua hawajui,” loosely translated as “those who threaten us, with disrespect and arrogance will be shocked,” Ruto said.