More than 40 Jubilee Members of Parliament have raised a red flag over a scheme to manipulate data through Huduma Namba for political reasons
The legislators said an expatriate had been procured privately to steer the second phase of the programme.
They questioned the secrecy clouding the registration, which ordinarily would be exposed to public procurement.
“Why is the National Intelligence Service being involved in the proposed registration rather than the parent ministry?” Posed Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika.
She said the renewed calls for another Huduma Namba registration was conmanship, just like the coronavirus scandal where billions of taxpayer’s money were stolen.
“Kenyans are tired of this corrupt government. That is why we support the dissolution of Parliament as advised by the Chief Justice,” she added.
Ms. Kihika said it was time the government also resigned.
Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa said the country cannot continue losing money amid the tough economic times that Kenyans were facing.
“A lot of money was used in the first phase of Huduma Namba registration. We cannot be losing money to projects that are of no value to the public,” argued Mr. Barasa.
The MPs spoke on Thursday in Kajiado County in the company of Deputy President William Ruto during the Olngesher Lool Ilmerishie ceremony of the Matapato clan of the Maasai community.
Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa said they would not allow another scandal to happen in the country in the name of the registration of the people.
“These are shadowy criminal activities being carried out by leaders who do not have the interest of this country at heart,” he noted, adding that the Huduma Namba was being used in preparation for the rigging of the 2022 elections.
His sentiments were supported by Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa, nominated Senator Millicent Omanga, Kiharu Mp Ndindi Nyoro, and Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali who said Kenyans would want to know what happened to the first phase of registration.
“Share with Kenyans the outcome of the first phase, and how much was used. It is obvious the first one flopped. So, why do we need another one? Asked Ms. Jumwa.
Meru Senator Mithika Linturi called for a radical shift in the way the government was handling corruption cases.
“What legacy are we about to leave if our business has been transformed from serving the people to stealing from them?”
In his address, the Deputy President called on the leaders to unite and confront “our challenges as a country”.
“Rather than seeking to create more seats and positions for ourselves, let us have a discourse on the empowerment of the people,” he said.
Dr. Ruto cautioned civil servants from engaging in political assignments, noting that their mandate was to serve the people.
“Do not be used to instill fear to Kenyans but inject them with hope for a better tomorrow,” he observed.