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Another scam: don’t fall for fake Huduma Namba Kenya job ad

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Kenya launched the pilot phase of National Integrated Identity Management Systems (NIIMS) on 18 February 2019.

The compulsory programme aims to register all Kenyan citizens, which they will need to apply for identification cards, passports, driving licences and birth certificates. People who register will be given a unique number called Huduma Namba.

As the country gears up for mass registration set for March 2019, false online adverts have started going viral.

Beware KSh350 ‘registration fee’

The latest was posted on the Facebook page Parastatals Jobs in Kenya on 21 February. It links to a Google form titled “Recruitment of National Integrated Identity Management System Field Personnel”. The post has so far attracted some 300 comments, 750 reactions and 60 shares.

The form says job-seekers must pay a KSh350 registration fee – emphasised in capital letters – to be considered. The money is to be paid to a “recruitment officer” whose Mpesa number is given on the form. The deadline was 25 February 2019.

But it’s a scam.

‘People should be cautious’

The ministry of interior says there is no such recruitment drive. And according to NIIMS liaison officer Philip Lemarasia, government jobs don’t require a registration fee.

“The information that you have seen going round is false,” he told Africa Check.

“In any recruitment drive by the government, there is no registration fee at all. Currently we are not recruiting. The registration exercise took place last year and at the moment, there is nothing like that. People should be cautious.” – Dancan Bwire (22/02/2019)


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