Wednesday April 24, 2019-Qatar based media house, Al Jazeera, has said Kenyans' private data is not safe following the introduction of Huduma Namba.
Last month, President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the National Integrated Identity Management system (NIIMS) and involves collecting biometric data after which the system generates a unique number (Huduma Namba).
Now Al Jazeera through its local correspondent, Nanjala Nyambora ran the story titled 'If you are a Kenyan citizen, your private data is not safe'.
The article notes that the government has done a deal with MasterCard to link the Huduma number to a prepaid card with chip and pin that will be used by citizens to pay for an array of government services.
But President Uhuru Kenyatta's Chief of staff Nzioka Waita termed the reports as a case of 'poor journalism'.
"This is false information and a case of poor journalism by @AlJazeera they should simply ask @InteriorKE to clarify any gaps in information that they may have had," Waita said.
"There is no MasterCard linked to the @hudumanambake they are confusing with payment option for @HudumaKenya services,” Waita added.
The Kenyan DAILY POST