Source: The Nation (Kenya)
A new automated system of issuing birth certificates is set to expose thousands of fake seekers of the documents who engage in double registration and illegal change of personal details.
Director of Civil Registration Services Department Janet Mucheru said about 2,000 applicants who have sought the documents in the last month were either doing so for a second time or were seeking name changes without approval of their partners and related individuals.
“We are seeing a situation where, for example, mothers are seeking to apply for new birth certificates to exclude the names of children’s fathers without their consent and vice versa,” she told the Sunday Nation.
The revelations come just two weeks since the government moved to streamline the processing of issuing birth certificates in the face of a school crisis as millions of pupils seek the key documents to qualify for the digital registration – National Education Management Information System (Nemis) automated system.