Police surveillance, Huduma cash slashed
SEE ALSO :New report pokes holes in Huduma NambaThe National Secure Communication Surveillance project commenced in 2015 when the State gave Safaricom and Chinese company Huawei a Sh15 billion tender to install CCTV cameras. An attempt by the Government in the 2016-2017 financial year to introduce a device management system that would have been installed on the country’s main mobile networks was stopped by the High Court over human rights and privacy concerns. “Another Sh577 million has been deducted from NIMMS, which last month completed the first registration drive for the Huduma Namba,” noted the proposal. The Huduma Namba project kicked off to a rocky start after the High Court quashed mandatory registration requirements and stopped the Government from collecting Kenyans’ GPS and biometric data. In April, a few days into the registration process, Parliament blacklisted the firm IDEMIA from conducting business in Kenya. The firm, which rebranded from IT Morpho, was sanctioned for procurement malpractices in the 2017 General Election, which saw presidential results nullified for the first time in Kenya.
SEE ALSO :Court clears Huduma NambaThe Budget and Accounts Committee, however, increased allocation to the Kenya Coast Guard by Sh300 million for the acquisition of more patrol boats along the Kenyan coastline, Lake Victoria and Lake Turkana. The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) will also receive a boost for its activities after an additional Sh200 million allocation to enhance operations and maintenance. A further Sh300 million has been allocated to the Department of Immigration for digitisation of records and Sh100 million allocated for the digitisation of births and deaths records. Treasury CS Henry Rotich will read the 2019-2020 Budget on Thursday.
Do not miss out on the latest news. Join the Standard Digital Telegram channel HERE.