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Courts Declare Huduma Namba Invalid

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Courts declare Huduma Namba invalid

The High Court has declared Huduma Namba invalid after ruling that the law wasn’t followed in its roll-out.

Justice Jairus Ngaah ruled on Thursday, October 14, that the Government failed to conduct data impact assessment before rolling out the cards in November last year, contravening the Constitution in the process.

Law scholar Yash Pal Ghai and Katiba Institute had, in November 2020, challenged the roll-out of the cards over lack of guarantee against theft or misuse of Kenyans’ personal information.

The lobby group argued that the Government failed to subject the fresh registration of Kenyans to data protection impact assessment (DPIA), a requirement under the law.

The assessment is aimed at identifying risks that could arise due to a breach of privacy, loss of data and unlawful use of information like names, date of birth, postcode and residences.

The Government started issuing the cards in early December 2020, after stating that the current National Identification Cards would cease being valid in December this year.

President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the Huduma Namba mass registration on April 2, 2019.

Meanwhile, an application by Jacqueline Ntuyabaliwe, the widow of the late Tanzanian media mogul, Reginald Mengi, that her late husband had no mental ability to make a valid Will, will be heard and determined.

This is after the Court of Appeal rejected legal challenges against the former Miss Tanzania’s application seeking revision of a decision of the High Court that quashed a Will that was allegedly written by Mengi, reports The Citizen.

The IPP trailblazer and philanthropist died in Dubai, UAE, in 2019. He was 75.

The Will, purportedly made in 2017, cited Ntuyabaliwe and their twin children as the beneficiary of the billionaire businessman’s wealth, estimated in 2014 by Forbes to be worth over $560 million.

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Detectives Probing Nominated MP David Sankok Son’s Death

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The son of Nominated MP David Sankok shot himself dead and Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding his suicide.

On Tuesday morning, Mr Mwenda Ethaiba, a Narok County Criminal Investigations Officer led a team of Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers to the lawmaker’s home at Ewaso Nyiro Centre, Narok County.

Sankok’s 15-year-old son was a Form three student, and it was reported that he gained access to his father’s bedroom where he had hidden the gun, on Monday at around 3 pm.

The detectives are seeking to know how the boy accessed the gun and where it was kept according to sources privy to the investigations.

The CCIO said they are trying to figure out what could have triggered the young boy to shoot himself.

“We are investigating and in the course of time we shall be able to unravel that,” he said.

Ethaiba promised to issue a comprehensive media statement at 3 pm today.

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Five Vehicles Damaged, One Injured After Tree Crashes In Naivasha Camp

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Five Vehicles Damaged, One Injured After Tree Crashes In Naivasha Camp

A weekend spin for a group of families in a Naivasha hostel ended on a sour note after an Acacia tree crashed, considerably damaging their buses.

In an incident that passed last evening at Camp Carnelley’s along Moi South Lake Road, one person was injured and five buses damaged.

The injured person was rushed to sanitarium and is in stable condition. The affected auto possessors and the hostel operation have moved in to assess damages.

Strong winds in the area forced the aging tree to collapse, leaving partyers who had bivouacked at the hostel with no choice but to flee for safety.

A caller, John Muturi said that he and his family were having a mess in the hostel when the giant tree crashed.

Naivashasub-county Deputy Commissioner Mutua Kisilu verified the incident, condemning heavy winds.

“There was a loud sound of something falling on the ground and on checking we found that an acacia tree had crushed some cars,” he said.

Meanwhile, over 50 families were forced to spend the night in the deep freeze after flash- cataracts hit Duro vill in Moi Ndabi area.

A private academy and several shops were damaged, with the deputy manager attesting no lives were lost.

“The flash floods caught the families by surprise flooding their homes and the trading center and the security team is accessing the situation,” he said.

In the last couple of days, Naivasha city and its environs have recorded heavy rains with the Met department projecting further rains.

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