President Kenyatta says plans are underway to introduce new identification cards with a microchip feature.
Kenyatta said the new IDs are part of the ongoing digitization efforts by the government in order to eliminate the use of false identities by criminals and fraud.
“Digitization aims to eliminate the duplication of efforts in data collection, processing, storage, and production of identification documents which has been a feature of government operations since the dawn of the Republic,” Uhuru said in his Mashujaa Day speech.
He added: “Our policy interventions will also enhance the security of the current identity card through the implementation of a Micro-Chip Electronic Identity Card (E-ID) that mitigates against emerging security threats such as identity theft, fraud in financial transactions, and the creation of false identities that are utilized in terrorism and other major crimes.”
The president observed that the e-IDs will allow Kenyan citizens to cross borders within the East Africa Community (EAC) countries without requiring a passport.
“This improved identity card will also be used as a secure travel document within the East Africa Region,” he added.
It is not clear whether the digital IDs are the same as Huduma Namba cards, which the government said will replace the existing national identity cards.