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Kenya seeks to embrace ICT in fight against crime

25 June 2014, 09:07

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday vowed to use the latest information and communication technology (ICT) in combating rising crimes in the country.

Kenyatta said the government has established Technology-Enabled Transformation of the Public Sector which will help in the realisation of a digital registry eco-system, better intelligence for national security and a more service-oriented culture in government.

"The establishment of a National Cyber-security Framework for Kenya is another welcome development, not only because it complements existing initiatives, but also because it will both enhance ICT growth and protect critical information infrastructure, " he said during the launch of the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) in Nairobi.

The move came after Kenya said it plans to register all Kenyans afresh using an electronic system that will capture all the biometric details of the registered persons in order to address security challenges.

A technical team from the ministries of interior affairs and information, communication technology is working on the modalities of rolling out the fresh registration that is expected to take six months.

The database would contain biometric details of all persons, land, establishments and assets and this would be used to identify persons holding forged or fake identification documents.

The East African nation has been at a verge of terrorism threats by Islamists extremists allied to Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaida militia after Kenya forces took control of the insurgents' stronghold in Somalia.

The police have also admitted despite a boost in security the threat remained, urging shopping malls to remain vigilant and to "do more" to prevent attacks.

Kenyatta said his government will be working round the clock through various agencies to identify mechanisms that will strengthen national security and curb crime.

With the full operationalization of the newly launched Public Key Infrastructure and a Cyber security Coordination Centres, President Kenyatta expressed optimism that cybercrime will be contained.

 - Xinhua

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