Kenya inches closer to digital ID as PSs endorse proposed document

Published: 13/Sep/2023
Source: CapitalFM (Nairobi)


NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 13 – Kenyans could soon begin using a digital ID after a critical government committee endorsed the proposed design and security features of a new card.

The technical committee of Principal Secretaries with dockets that are critical to the eventual implementation of the digital ID approved Maisha Card which is set to replace the current 2nd generation ID.

Also approved is a unique identification number to be known as Maisha Namba that will be issued to all new-borns as a birth certificate number, a digital signature that will make it possible to identify Kenyans using mobile phones and other smart gadgets, and a master national population register.

Immigration and Citizen Services PS Julius Bitok who chairs the Committee said the four items are set to be launched by the end of September in line with a presidential directive.

“I am happy to report that within the 90-days directive by H.E the President, the national identity technical team shall be able to roll out activities on the implementation of the National Digital ID,” he said.

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Themes: ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2023