Debate on decentralization of registration of IDs commences

By Kennedy Epalat

National Assembly has commenced debate on the decentralization of registration of national identification cards in order to enable eligible Kenyans register and acquire the documents at the county level instead of Nairobi.

While introducing the motion, Kiminini MP, Chris Wamalwa noted that lack of ID cards has made it difficult for majority of Kenyans to benefit from important services provided by the government including the right to employment, ability to vote and access to public funds like Uwezo Fund, HELB and other crucial funds.

Mps who contributed to the motion said that Kenyans are living in a digital era where information is relayed easily from the counties to Nairobi, and denying the people the right to Identity cards due to bureaucracy in the acquisition of the documents is a form of marginalization.

The legislators felt that eligible applicants can be registered even in secondary schools at the county level.


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