Nationwide bio-metric registration exercise to kick off tomorrow

PS Interior and Coordination Karanja Kibicho, Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia and Woman Rep Faith Gitau during the launch of NIIMS Pilot registration exercise in Nyandarua County. [John Githinji/Standard]
Court is today expected to make a ruling that will either suspend the rollout of the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) or not.

Coastal counties of Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Lamu, Taita Taveta and Tana River are set for the nationwide mass bio-metric registration programme that kicks off tomorrow April 2, 2019).

Coast Regional Commissioner (RC) John Elungata said the region is ready for the roll-out of the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) that is hoped to improve government services and security.

The new system will ensure that all identification documents associated with the government such as IDs, driving licenses, passports, KRA PIN, birth and death certificates are issued from a central source.

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He said with this national identity programme, Kenya joins a number of countries such as India that have turned to digital technology projects for more reliable identification and authentication methods for better citizen security and convenience.

The countrywide registration exercise that will last for 45 days is being conducted by the Interior Ministry with sophisticated bio-metric technology with the key objective of modernizing the national registry system.

Time for the mass registration is from 7.00 am to 5.00 pm daily including weekends and public holidays.

''The new system will provide a single source of authentic information of all persons residing in Kenya whether citizen or foreigner,'' Elungata said.

He said it eliminates the need to carry multiple documents besides improving confidence in official identity credentials.

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The administrator also said that at the end of exercise, people will be issued with a unique bio-metric identity number called ‘Huduma Number’ which will accord Kenyans easy access to all government services.

He said the Huduma numbers will also assist the government in other areas such as project resource allocation, national planning, social services and infrastructure project planning.

Registration that will be harmonized into one Huduma number will also include registration for National Hospital Insurance Funds (NHIF) and National Social Security Fund (NSSF) cards, registration for cash transfer to the elderly, registration for access to government procurement opportunities (AGPO), registration for persons living with disabilities benefits and registration of farmers for food security among others.

The RC said hundreds of enumerators who will work alongside chiefs and their assistants in the collection of the bio-metric data have been trained and rearing to go and called for cooperation from all corners.

The government through the Sh.6 billion digital project hopes to create a gigantic national data base that will help people have better access to government services.

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