, NANYUKI, Kenya Feb 14 — President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed the Ministry of Interior to ensure all Kenyans who have attained the age of 18 are issued with national Identity Cards.
The President directed the Cabinet Secretary for Interior Joseph Nkaissery to ensure the process of issuing ID cards begins in all counties as soon as possible.
President Kenyatta gave the directive as he urged Kenyans to register to vote so that they can participate in the democratic process of elections next year.
“Every Kenyan who has reached the legal age should be issued with an ID card. The process should start in all counties and every area should be covered,” said the President.
President Kenyatta, who spoke at a thanksgiving ceremony for Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri at Nanyuki Stadium, also asked the Ministry to review some draconian rules including those that require youth to go to the home origin of their parents to obtain ID cards.
“Where you live is where you will get your ID. Where you are is your home and everyone has the right to be served by the Government where they live,” said the President
The President said Kenyans should register in large numbers because the democratic system of the country is based on voting and those who don’t register will not take part in it.
Politicians from all regions of the country and from across the political divide took part in the event where Kiunjuri was described as a hard worker.
President Kenyatta said he was confident that Kiunjuri would succeed in his duties as the CS for devolution.
“Kiunjuri has an important role to ensure the devolved system of Government is working. And we want to ensure all the 47 devolved units perform at their best,”
The President urged the residents of Laikipia County to maintain the peace and announced that CS Nkaissery will visit the county on Monday to deal with security issues in the area.