[kictanet] Huduma Namba to replace KRA PIN in battle against tax cheats

Michael Pedersen michael at uhasibu.co.ke
Wed Dec 22 14:25:59 EAT 2021

Hi Listers,

I am a little late to this party ;-)

Does anyone know what happened to the PKI effort championed by the 
ICT-Board back in 2013 ? (see: 
Just trying to gain some perspective. Is the "Huduma Namba" an evolved 
version of what was supposedly "ready in October 2013", or was the PKI 
abandoned and the Huduma Namba is a completely different thing....

In short does anyone have a full historical perspective of how digital 
id efforts/attempts have evolved in Kenya over the years ?

kind regards.
Michael Pedersen

On 22/12/2021 13:19, David Indeje via KICTANet wrote:
> Dear Listers,
> Sometimes, one can sit down and think. When thinking, you ask yourself 
> if the government can be defeated or not. Personally, I do not know 
> the perfect answer.
> I hope wherever you are, you are keeping safe and having the best of 
> the last that 2021 can offer.
> This week, you have read about the comeback of *Huduma Namba 
> *(National Integrated Identity Management System). This is a  ‘single 
> source of truth’ on a person’s identity.
> A few months ago, the High Court struck down the Government of Kenya’s 
> decision to roll out the issuance of Huduma Cards due to violations of 
> the Data Protection Act, 2019. The state was told to conduct a data 
> protection impact assessment 
> <https://www.kictanet.or.ke/what-is-a-data-protection-impact-assessment/> 
> before anything else takes place. (Kenyans were happy of course).  In 
> response, the Government has come up with "Huduma Bill 2021" 
> (attached) for those who need to read its contents.
> For those who do not know, KiCTANET has been on the forefront to 
> highlight the gaps and also offer what needs to be done to have 
> progress especially when it comes to Huduma Number. Below are links to 
> them:
>  1. /Huduma Namba - time to get it right
>     <https://www.kictanet.or.ke/?mdocs-file=42680>/ By Mutindi Muema,
>     Tevin Mwenda and Angela Minayo Edited by: Grace Githaiga. The aim
>     of this policy brief is to address any issues related to
>     registration, legal identity and the administration and use of
>     digital IDs.
>  2. /Digital Identification Law in Kenya
>     <https://www.kictanet.or.ke/?mdocs-file=42671>: /The State of
>     Play Author: Prof. Sylvia Kang’ara Edited by: Grace Githaiga and
>     Victor Kapiyo. The brief makes a number of recommendations, chief
>     among them being the need to take into account and ensure
>     compliance with the directives of the High Court.
>  3. This is a report/"Implementing Huduma Namba: Challenges and
>     Prospects" <https://www.kictanet.or.ke/?mdocs-file=42661>. /The
>     study found a variety of best practices on national digital
>     identities from the United States of America, Estonia and India.
>     Additionally, there are international standards on digital
>     identity such as the World Economic Forum Emerging Best Practices
>     which advocates for digital identity to be fit for purpose,
>     inclusive, useful, secure and offer choice to registrants.
>  4. Documentary /"Huduma Namba: Emerging Issues on Kenya's Future
>     Digital ID System"
>     <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crr60Y5UP_A&list=PLYSO7PoCyXHTwq-QvaWYbLLBAQY5_tyOS>/
> NB- the links enable you to download the pdf version.
> **
> **
> **
> *Kind Regards,*
> *David Indeje
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