Kenya’s Government Ksh10.6 billion project is at risk of going down the drain after the rollout of the Huduma Namba card was declared illegal.
This follows a High Court verdict that the government violated the law in processing of personal data.
Justice Jairus Ngaah found that the rollout in November last year went against data protection regulations, thereby rendering the card invalid.
On Thursday, October 11th, 2021, Justice Ngaah faulted the government for collecting and processing data based on the invalidated Act.
Data Protection Commissioner Immaculate Kassait was appointed on November 6 last year to head the new office.
Two days later, a case landed on her desk over the data collected by the government. The aggrieved party was Katiba Institute, which is led by legal scholar Yash Pal Ghai.
The National Assembly had enacted the Data Protection Act without consulting the Senate. After senators lodged a legal challenge, a three-judge bench declared 23 of the laws unconstitutional.