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Kenya sets up digital register to enhance security

11 September 2014, 08:06

Nairobi - The government said Wednesday it has established a National Digital Population Register (NDPR) that will contain a person's information on citizens and foreigners residing in the country.

The Ministry of Interior and Coordination Secretary of Administration Victor Okioma said the register will help the government to increase security across the country amid terrorism threats in the east African nation.

"The government's aim is to enhance security by knowing all its citizens and visitors," Okioma told a national forum in Nairobi.

The government in April set up teams from various ministries to discuss all logistics involved in the fresh registration before it kicks off.

Under the new initiative, the database with biometric features will be created to synchronize details of each and every Kenyan. It will contain biometric details of all persons, land, establishments and assets.

These persons, he said, fall in two categories - one is for the persons not registered and the other is for persons who have registered before but the government does not have their complete data.

Okioma said the project, expected to be completed in six months, will help in national and county planning, avoid census every ten years and ensure all Kenyans are registered.

Also read: Govt to spend KES 8 billion on registering Kenyans afresh

The exercise will also see the introduction of a new third generation identity card fitted with a micro chip, in a bid to eliminate illegal immigrants and aliens. It is to be completed before the end of this financial year.

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 that despite a boost in security the threat remained, urging shopping malls to remain vigilant and to "do more" to prevent attacks.

 - Xinhua

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