Information and Communication Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru said that the government will be proceeding with the plan to register Kenyans under Huduma Namba although MPs have blacklisted IDEMIA, the firm which is providing the infrastructure from doing business in the country.
CS reveals way forward after Huduma Namba firm is blacklisted
Gov't reveals the way forward after MPs plan on Huduma Namba
The government assured that the ongoing listing of citizens and foreigners on a digital master population database will not be affected by an ongoing parliamentary process.
CS Mucheru vouched for the architectural integrity of the 35,000 devices supplied by IDEMIA saying software embedded on the gadgets was locally sourced.
MPs want Idemia Securities Limited, which was awarded the Sh6 billion tender, blocked for at least 10 years, citing a violation of the Companies Act and interference in the last two general elections.
The company was also put on the spot after it put in a bid for the multi-billion-shilling population census, due in August this year.
According to MPs, the French firm operated in the country illegally as it was not registered when it went into business with the government, contrary to the companies law.
Nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi questioned why the company was getting preferential treatment to do business in the country.
Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo supported his Homa Bay counterpart Peter Kaluma who criticized the company for doing business in the country while it was not registered.
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