Kenyans are particularly a bitter people today if the uproar on social media platforms is anything to go by.
On Tuesday, Mr Kihalangwa said that Kenyans who do not register in the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS), will not be able to acquire passports.
“If you are not in NIIMS and you are applying for a passport, we will know very well that you are not a Kenyan,” said Kihalangwa.
NIIMS is a mass biometric registration system to create, manage and store Kenya’s population data.
Upon registration, one is issued with the number that consolidates crucial documents such as identity card, driving licence, passport or alien cards.
But Kenyans online are however voicing their concerns over threats that those who fail to register will not access essential government services.
Here are some of their reactions:
So @ImmigrationDept this is illegal and unacceptable. You cannot deny Kenyans services because they didn’t and won’t register for NIIMS. This is illegal. Illegal. ILLEGAL!!!!
This is blackmail. We must resist. Reminds me of the hut tax, when colonialists, after grabbing the land, imposed a tax on the original occupants, and those who refused to work (work meant paying the tax) for the colonialists were tortured. Colonialism 2.0. @DavidNdii
Threatening Kenyans to register for this rubbish won’t put food on our tables.
If it’s worth it, why threaten Kenyans on registering?! For me #ImNotBoarding . The court made itself clear on this.