Nairobi, Kenya – Thousands of Kenyans who eagerly awaited their turn to have their eyeballs scanned in the Worldcoin registration exercise were left disappointed when they were turned away by authorities. The incident occurred at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, where the registration process was abruptly halted by the police due to security risks.
According to the Worldcoin team, the police intervened and requested them to suspend the exercise to address the potential security concerns. As a result, the crowd was instructed to vacate the premises immediately.
In response to the situation, the Worldcoin team advised the affected citizens to seek out larger venues, such as Nyayo or Kasarani Stadiums, where they can safely conduct the registration process with minimal security risks.
Even those who had already lined up for the registration were not exempted from the disruption. The Worldcoin team conveyed that they would communicate a new venue for the exercise to resume on Wednesday, leaving many hopeful registrants unsure of their next steps.
Tensions escalated as some Kenyans refused to leave the KICC venue and were met with resistance from the authorities. Police were observed driving away individuals who were unwilling to comply with the evacuation orders.
The Worldcoin registration exercise has generated considerable interest among Kenyans as it offers the opportunity to earn 25 WLD tokens for scanning their eyeballs. This incentive translates to approximately Ksh.7786, a sum that could hold significant value for many participants.
Worldcoin, a global blockchain project, is backed by OpenAI’s CEO, Sam Altman. While the initiative has garnered attention and participation, the recent security concerns during the registration process have raised questions about the logistics and safety measures in place.
As the Worldcoin team scrambles to find an alternative venue for the registration exercise to continue, Kenyans remain eager to participate in the blockchain project’s vision. The incident has brought the importance of ensuring a smooth and secure registration process to the forefront, and citizens await further updates on the resumption of the registration exercise.