Senators order ‘huduma number’ exercise stopped

 Senators have issued a directive ordering the biodata collection exercise stopped after Interior Cabinet Dr. Fred Matiangi and his Information counterpart Joe Mucheru failed to appear before the house committee.

The Vice-chair of the Senate security and administration committee Johnstone Sakaja directed that the exercise must be stopped until discussions on the exercise be held.

“We will demand the cabinet secretary in the interior the cabinet secretary in ICT and the attorney general appear in person on 11th on March before the Senate, “Sakaja said.

The committee said it had been angered over the failure by the two cabinet secretaries to appear before the committee accusing the ministries of carrying an exercise without legal backing.

Sakaja said that following the snubbing of the committee by Matiangi and Mucheru must appear in person on 11th March to put the record straight on the matter.

The senators blasted Matiangi for fronting an exercise which has been entitled just through the miscellaneous amendment bill instead of initiating a bill which will guide the execution of all exercise.

Senators  Gideon Moi(Baringo)Enock Wambua(Kitui ), Prof Sam Ongeri,(Kisii)Moses Wetangula (Bungoma) Aaron Cheruiyot insisted that the exercise flouts Kenyans constitutional rights by capturing their biodata.

The exercise which seeks to have Kenyans acquire a huduma number is currently being piloted in several counties among them Kilifi and Tana River.