IDEMIA sues Kenyan MPs over Ban

MPS banned the firm, formerly known as OT Morpho, from doing business in Kenya for 10 years for violating the Companies Act


Idemia Securities Limited, the French firm which supplied the biometric kits currently being used for Huduma Number registration has gone to court to challenge the move by parliament to ban it from doing business in Kenya.

Insisting it has not broken any law, Idemia said it will seek judicial review in the High Court to quash the ban.

“Idemia has at all times operated within the confines of Kenyan law and all other applicable international statutes,” the company said, in a statement by Antoine Grenier, the Senior Vice President IDEMIA Public Security & Identity – Africa.

“As a law abiding corporate citizen, as soon as we have been afforded a fair opportunity to be heard, we are positive that we shall be vindicated and our legal position upheld by the Court.”

Kenyan Parliament recently voted to bar IDEMIA from doing business in Kenya for at least 10 years for allegedly violating provisions of the Companies Act.

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MPs amended the report of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on the audited accounts of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to have IDEMIA punished for payments it received for contracts related to the 2017 General Election.

Operating then as OT Morpho, the firm was awarded a Sh6 billion tender to supply voter identification and results transmission kits (KIEMS) ahead of the 2017 polls.

The MPs claimed the French firm broke the law for doing business in Kenya while not registered locally as a foreign company.

In response, the company reiterated that it was in “full compliance with the requirements of all applicable Kenyan laws and the requirements set out in the open international tender issued by the IEBC for the supply of an integrated elections management system for voter registration, voter identification and results transmission.”

The statement read: “As a law abiding corporate body, IDEMIA has at all times operated within the confines of Kenyan law and all other applicable international statutes. IDEMIA equally has internal polices and guidelines on ethics and legal compliance governing the conduct of its business across the world. We take note of the publication of an amended version of the Public Accounts Committee’s report, recommending the conduct of new investigations. We reiterate that IDEMIA has always complied, and indeed will continue to comply with all applicable provisions of the Kenyan law.”