The Kenyan Government will be registering it’s citizens in a national digital database as a measure of addressing security challenges and arrest cases of fake identification documents reports say.

It is reported by Standard Digital News that Deputy President William Ruto said the move will see a consolidation of all current registers of persons and development of a common database, which will bear biometric details of all those registered.This is aimed to help the Government to address security issues and enhance planning.

The database will contain biometric details of all persons, land, establishments and assets report say and the registration will start in three months. It will also capture new births registration.

In a statement, Mr Ruto said is reported to have said that the ministries of Information, Communication and Technology and Interior and Coordination of National Government will spearhead the exercise. It further stated that this registration will help the Government identify people holding forged or fake identification documents, a crime that has been rampant in the country.

“In order to address the prevailing security challenges, we intend to consolidate all current registers of persons into a single national register with accurate and relevant information,” said the Deputy President.

Ruto said there are gaps in the different registers and gave examples of the missing links in birth registration, Personal Identification Number, Public Service Commission, National Social Security Fund and National Hospital Insurance Fund registers and voter registration among others in Kenya.

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