State to roll out digital IDs next year

Kenyans will from next year have digital Identity Cards with special features and will contain all personal details making it easy to travel and conduct business.

Immigration Principal secretary Major General (rtd) Gordon Kihalangwa said the procurement process of the new card was underway. He said the new ID will contain National Hospital Insurance Fund, National Social Security Fund and Kenya Revenue Authority details making it easier for Kenyans to conduct businesses.

“The third generation card will also have the applicant’s driving licence details,” he said. The PS said for years, Kenyans had been forced to carry various documents to identify themselves, adding that this will be a thing of the past when the new system comes into force.

“Uganda and Rwanda are also in the process of introducing the new generation ID and this will make it easier to travel and conduct business across the East African region,” he said.

Kihalangwa was addressing the press during Igadconsultative meeting on free movement of people across member states held in Enashipai lodge in Naivasha.

“There are fears that the free movement of people will raise issues of security but all the East African Community countries are working together to address this,” he said. The new Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the ministry of Interior Patrick ole Ntutu said the country is keen to endorse the protocol on free movement of persons.

Ntutu said there is need to put in mechanisms for better migration management, mobility and free movement of persons in the region. “Effective border security and management must address border facilitation and challenges whose key objective is to safeguard the security of citizens, residents and national assets,” he said.

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