Kenya: Concerns over vetting before issuance of identity cards

Published: 12/Avr/2024

A section of the Muslim community in Turkana County has raised concerns over alleged discrimination in the issuance of identity cards.

Led by special elect MCA Sarah Muna, the leaders said some of the requirements imposed during the vetting exercise were inconsiderate and impractical.

Muna cited instances where separated or divorced mothers had been asked to come with the father of their children or their particulars saying it was a tall order.

‘It is unfair for a mother to be asked to produce documents of the father of their children, yet they were separated. It is only practical to ask such a mother to come with her parents particulars, which can help identify her and her children,’ she said.

She was speaking during the Id-ul-Fitr celebrations in Lodwar.

Similar concerns were expressed when the president met Muslim leaders at state house on Monday evening and the present promised to relook at the vetting exercise.

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Themes: Discrimination, Cartes d’identité et passeports, Ethnique/Raciale/Religieuse
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2024