Use churches and chiefs to dis­trib­ute un­col­lected IDs

The Star (Kenya) - - News Business -

It is wrong that thou­sands of na­tional ID cards re­main un­col­lected in var­i­ous sta­tions across the coun­try, with lit­tle be­ing done to reach their own­ers. While many are strug­gling to get this doc­u­ment, a huge num­ber of Kenyans have not col­lected theirs, which are al­ready wait­ing at dif­fer­ent ad­min­is­tra­tive cen­tres. It could be true that some of the own­ers may not be aware that their IDs have been pro­cessed. It is there­fore im­por­tant for the gov­ern­ment to use other av­enues to en­sure these cards get to their own­ers. Since IDs con­tain cru­cial in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing where the ap­pli­cants come from, in­clud­ing the lo­ca­tion, the own­ers can be traced. At the sublo­ca­tion level, the gov­ern­ment ought to en­list the ser­vices of the vil­lage head­men and churches to help iden­tify the own­ers us­ing the sur­names on the IDs. That way, they will serve the in­tended pur­pose.

DAVID SONYE Rarieda

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