The exercise was formally launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Mombasa, with similar launches at ministry and county headquarters.
President Kenyatta emphasised the need for all civil servants to take part in the initiative that is aimed at ridding the government of ghost workers.
“With the biometric registration of all public servants, I hope that within a short time we will be able to put to rest the issue of ghost workers in the public service and ensure efficient management of public resources,” President Kenyatta affirmed.
He assured that the exercise will verify staff on government payroll and their qualification, pointing out that it is not meant to victimise but to ensure that all public servants are accounted for.
President Kenyatta called on all public servants to cooperate and participate in the registration exercise to expedite its completion.
“It is in your best interest that you get registered lest you are counted as a ghost worker,” President Kenyatta told public servants.
The National Government is set to complete the exercise on September 13 while the County Governments will conclude on September 23.
At Harambee House, the exercise was led by Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua and Planning Permanent Secretary Peter Mangiti who led civil servants in the biometric registration.
The Interior Cs said: “As we align our available human resource skills with the services that the Government is mandated in providing to Kenyans, they should be assured that every effort is being made to create efficiency and effective public service.”
Kinyua said the exercise was being carried out in line with various reforms initiated by the Government to enhance its service delivery to the public.
“The biometric data capture will provide data on the actual numbers for skills and competencies in the service and will go a long way in fencing the payroll,” he stated.
“The implementation of this programme should not be considered in isolation but against the content of other initiatives like the ongoing process of restructuring parastatal and other State corporations.”
Seven hundred government officials have since been trained to assist on the exercise at both the national and county level.
Governors in various counties are also leading the exercise that targets county government workers and public servants seconded there.
To register, the public servants are required to present an original national ID card, a completed biometric data form, original academic and professional certificates, letters of first and current appointments, a current pay slip and a birth certificate.
Once the information is verified, a person will be given a certificate that contains his/her personal details, a passport photograph, Kenya Revenue Authority PIN number and details of profession qualifications.