Biometric registration of Kenyans to start next month

Written By: O'brien Kimani

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru

The biometric registration of persons living in Kenya will start next month in an exercise that will run for three months.

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ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru says the registration will capture personal information of persons living in Kenya as well as their physical location.

The exercise will be conducted with the assistance of thousands of enumerators and the local administrators.

For a long time now the government has been sitting on a plan to register data of all persons living in Kenya in a bid to help in social and security planning.

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Already multiple state agencies in the country like the Kenya Revenue Authority, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission as well as the National Transport and Safety Authority are repositories of personal information of millions of Kenyans.

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ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru says a new registration exercise kicks off next month that will capture personal information of all individuals residing in the country.

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Mucheru says the collected information will capture critical information like the physical location of individuals, their health, and marital status, educational as well as professional qualifications among others.

Addressing delegates during the African Telecommunication Union meeting Mucheru says the information collected will be accorded top security to avoid a data breach and misuse of secured public information.

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Early this year another registration exercise dubbed the National Education Information Management System was rolled out to collect data of primary and secondary school students that gave each student a unique identification number.

The government through the Communications Authority of Kenya is also in the process of mapping out all buildings and monuments in the country under the National Addressing System.





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