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Digital identification cards underway 

Kenyans will from next year have a new digital identity card that will have special features that will ensure all personal details are available.

The  Immigration, Registration of Persons and Border Control Principal Secretary (PS), Major General (Rtd) Gordon Kihalangwa said the new identification cards will make it easy for Kenyans to travel and conduct business adding that the procurement process of the new card was already underway.

Kihalangwa further said that the new third generation ID will contain details like NHIF, NSSF and KRA details making it easier for Kenyans to conduct businesses with ease.

Saying that the cards will be rolled out next year, the PS noted that for years Kenyans had been forced to carry various documents to identify themselves such as driving licenses and assured that come next year, all these will be a thing of the past.

He observed that Uganda and Rwanda were also in the process of introducing the new generation IDs adding that this will make it easier for Kenyans to travel and conduct business across the East  African region.

Major Gen. Kihalangwa was addressing the press during IGAD consultative meeting on Monday on free movement of people across member states held at Enashipai Lodge in Naivasha.

“There are fears that the free movement of people will raise issues of security but all the EAC countries are working together to address this,” he assured.

The Interior Chief Adminstrative Secretary (CAS), Patrick Ole Ntutu said that the country was keen to endorse the protocol on free movement of persons adding there was need to put in place mechanisms for better migration management, mobility and free movement of persons in the region.

He said effective border security and management will help address border facilitation and challenges whose key objective is to safeguard the security of citizens, residents and national assets.

A representative from International Organization for Migration (IOM), Maureen  Achieng said that they were fully behind IGAD in endorsing the protocol so that there is ease in movement of people across the borders and also identify capacity gaps in the process with a view to supporting the ongoing initiative.

By  Esther  Mwangi


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