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It is disheartening to see that Kenya does not have a digital database.

1. Watching president Kenyatta case status conference it was apparent that the government cannot get information of a person, in this case even the president.
2. The same issues are apparent in the Lands office with no digitized of land records.
3. The police need a good database. What can prevent a serial Killer from Kakamega to run to Kibwezi and work there for 50 years without anyone knowing his whereabouts.
4. With good data will come good governance just like the roads are expanded where there is alot of traffic, Immunization and other social services can be attended where rampant.
5. Credit Database: Banks need a good system for credit ratings, and digitizing land can also lead to fluidity in the land debt backed refinancing market.
6. Government should subcontract some of these functions, create security clearance structure for government contractors. If done on some of the planned technology cities this will boost development
7. Terrorism: a good government database since immigration officials and others will log in to the systems using their names, one can track back on who authorized what at what time of the day.

What do you think?
 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_database

here are wiki samples

India's is the most precise
NATGRID: India is setting up a national intelligence grid called NATGRID,[56] which will become operational in 2013. NATGRID would allow access to each individual's data ranging from land records, Internet logs, air and rail PNR, phone records, gun records, driving license, property records, insurance, and income tax records in real time and with no oversight.[57] With a UID from the Unique Identification Authority of India being given to every Indian from February 2011, the government would be able track people in real time. A national population registry of all citizens will be established by the 2011 census, during which fingerprints and iris scans would be taken along with GPS records of each household.[58][59] Access to the combined data will be given to 11 agencies, including the Research and Analysis Wing, the Intelligence Bureau, the Enforcement Directorate, the National Investigation Agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and the Narcotics Control Bureau.
 

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Last week I was talking about the need for the digitisation of the land registry, as a matter of urgency. The current system isn't fit for purpose.
 

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Online database of all Kenyans to start in October

A plan to create an online database of all Kenyans will begin in October starting with civil servants.

Everyone will be required to present their identification cards, birth certificates and residential addresses. The government will then capture biometric data — facial image, finger prints and iris scan.

The registration, known as Umoja Kenya, will be implemented by the Kenya Citizens & Foreign Nationals Management Service under the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government.

We will start with the public service in October. We expect to have covered about 70 per cent of the country by June 2015,” Ms Mwende Gatabaki, the acting director-general of the service, said on Thursday.

This is a State corporation formed from the merger of four departments in the previous Ministry of Immigrations and Registration of Persons that included the civil registry department, national registry bureau and immigrations department.

Ms Gatabaki said it would cost about Sh9 billion, with biometric registration points at all border points to capture the details of everyone coming into the country.

The data collected would be linked to other existing databases such as the lands registry to create “one single source of truth” for all Kenyans.

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Once complete, information about any Kenyan — including name, age, relatives, property owned and residence — will be available to government agencies at the click of a button.

It will also help identify foreigners who may have corruptly acquired identification documents.

Kenya has been the victim of terror attacks in the past few years, believed to be carried out by terror groups from Somalia.

“We will get to a point where you will not get basic public services without presenting your digital ID,” Ms Gatabaki said.

She said the information will also be used by banks, insurance firms, utility firms and other members of the Association of Kenya Credit Providers on a commercial basis.

Citizens will be issued with a digital ID, e-passport and e-driving licence.


Former information and technology permanent secretary Bitange Ndemo called for the fast-tracking of the Information and Data Collection Bill to take care of concerns about the security of individual personal details.
 
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American company to track Kenyans’ telephone calls

Kenyans will trade the privacy of their communication for security in the next couple of months with the roll-out of digital personal identification cards and a telecoms surveillance network that will remotely intercept voice and text messages from individuals.

Interior secretary Joseph ole Lenku Thursday said Kenya is negotiating with American firm Richmar and Associates for the supply of Biometric Identification Cards and portable data centre technology that will hold an individual’s biometrics including voice – helping to monitor all types of information exchange among citizens.

“The technology has the ability to strategically and tactically track all forms of communication (cellphones, SMS, satellite and Web, helping security agencies to pursue criminals,” Mr Lenku said during a briefing on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s recent trip to the US.

The minister’s statement did not address how the technology would be used without breaching constitutional provisions that safeguard citizens’ right to privacy.

Intercepting ordinary citizens’ communication without court orders would be in direct violation of Article 31 of the Constitution, which guarantees citizens the right to privacy, including “the right not to have the privacy of their communications infringed.”

Mr Kenyatta’s government has identified technology as one of the instruments it plans to use to arrest runaway insecurity, but legal experts said the initiative would only succeed if executed according to the law.

Interception of users’ communication outside the legal limits raises the danger of exposing telecommunication companies to multi-million shilling suits – mainly for failing to secure the privacy of their clients.

Thursday, the government laid the ground for the launch of the digital security platform with an announcement that anyone who will not have acquired the new biometric identity cards within the first year of its rollout will not be allowed to do business with banks, make utility payments or travel out of the country.

Issuance of the biometric IDs is expected to begin in the last quarter of the year.


Mwende Gatabaki, the acting director-general of Kenya Citizens and Foreign Nationals Management Service (KCFNMs), said plans for issuance of the new IDs were complete and actual registration would begin in November.

She said the current ID cards would be rendered invalid in December 2015 while holders of passports expiring from July 2015 or those seeking new ones would also be issued with e-Passports.

“Kenyans or foreigners who will not have acquired the digital IDs by the set date will not be able to transact any business in this country,” she said during a public awareness forum at the University of Nairobi.

Ms Gatabaki said the initiative is facing strong opposition from “vested interests”, politics and corruption networks, adding that corrupt government officials with interests in the current chaotic system had threatened her twice.

Mr Lenku said that the US firm would provide Kenya with the technology to issue biometric IDs dubbed “Moja card” , which will together with the surveillance system “help security agencies in pursuing criminals and dealing with issues of cyber-crime and terrorism.”

...............The initiative is expected to limit the number of documents each Kenyan holds to a maximum of three, an ID, e-Driving Licence and e-Passport.

....Unlike the current identification documents, whose authentication is number or finger prints-based, the new ones will include facial image such as iris scan and fingerprints.

.......Digital identification cards will host a large volume of personal information including birth, marriage, National Hospital Insurance Fund, National Social Services Fund as well as prepare the ground for electronic voting.

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Parts of this one scare me.

The technology has the ability to strategically and tactically track all forms of communication (cellphones, SMS, satellite and Web, helping security agencies to pursue criminals,”

Some one is bound to abuse this one
 

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^^ This is a welcome move but as you mentioned Nelink it's scary. The first give away is " A US-Based company". If they have breached personal privacy laws in the US how would anyone think it would not happen in Kenya. I have no problem if the Kenya government would go it alone on this one without involving outsiders.
On the other hand, it will make doing business in Kenya that more easier and straight forward. Of course the cronies that have misused the current system will fight back.
 

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Kenya plans $145m e-registration of adults, children by October 2015
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At the swipe of an e-card, all information on individuals, including relatives, bank accounts and property will be revealed. TEA GRAPHIC | NATION MEDIA GROUP
At the swipe of an e-card, all information on individuals, including relatives, bank accounts and property will be revealed. TEA GRAPHIC | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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The government expects that once the $145 million registry is set up, all Kenyan nationals, including children, will be issued with electronic national identity cards by October next year.
The e-card will contain biodata of each individual, their kin, assets, bank accounts, driving licence, passport number and personal identification number (PIN) and an array of information that could also enhance the war against tax evasion, loan default and corruption.
The NDRS project will register people (Kenyan citizens, foreigners, refugees), establishments (companies and co-operative societies), land (digital maps, L/R numbers, infrastructure, physical addressing) and assets (buildings shares, vehicles, livestock).
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An Israeli firm has been contracted to set up and manage the fresh registration of Kenyan citizens on a digital platform, setting in motion a process that will see all data on individuals and their assets stored in one data bank, starting February next year.

The government expects that once the $145 million registry is set up, all Kenyan nationals, including children, will be issued with electronic national identity cards by October next year. The new IDs will then be used universally from 2016.

The e-card will contain biodata of each individual, their kin, assets, bank accounts, driving licence, passport number and personal identification number (PIN) and an array of information that could also enhance the war against tax evasion, loan default and corruption.

The government also hopes the new IDs, similar to social security numbers in place in the United Kingdom and the United States of America, will aid the war against terror.

The Israeli firm, which officials declined to name, is the lead implementing partner under a public-private partnership and will work with a consortium of technology solutions providers.

The project is being conducted by the Kenyan Citizens and Foreign Nationals Management Service and includes the Civil Registry, National Registry Bureau, Immigration Department, Department of Refugees Affairs and Integrated Population Registry Service.

“The Israeli company was chosen because of the track record Israel has on security services. The reason for the National Digital Registry Service (NDRS) is the increase in insecurity, especially after the Westgate attack,” said Mwende Gatabaki, director-general of the Kenya Citizens and Foreign National Management Service, during a sensitisation meeting on Wednesday.

The government will provide a Letter of Comfort and grant an exclusive concession to the consortium to run and supervise the registry for a period of at least six years before handing it over to the government.

The government is looking for $35 million from USAid, DfID, the World Bank and AfDB to support a management office, capacity building, change management, communication and public awareness.

The government has committed $10 million to cover the early phase of the registration, which will see all Kenyans issued with new identity cards.

“All citizens of all ages will be required to undergo a national digital registration at the designated centres to be announced so as to capture correct and complete biometric data using their unique digital identifiers referenced from birth to death,” said Ms Gatabaki.

The financial sector is expected to be the main consumer of the data by way of checking credit history and tracking of assets offered as collateral or securities earmarked for auction in cases of default.

Ms Gatabaki said that the government is in discussions with the Association of Credit Providers, which includes associations for bankers, Saccos, insurance companies and microfinance institutions, to be the anchor client of the PPP.

The digital ID is expected to be costly as details to be captured are more than those in the current IDs and digitisation of such data (hopefully capable of future updates) involves a high-end technological system hence a bigger budget to run the project. It will cost Ksh500 ($6) for people over the age of 12 years and Ksh100 ($1.1) for children below 12 years.

Updating of the cards will be free while replacement of a lost card will cost Ksh1,000 ($11).
 

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What is the status of this?

The security surveillance system if integrated with a government database will do wonders. Think of it if an officer in the immigration authorizes someone to get into the country to commit for terrorism intelligence agents can look into the system on who logged in, what time of the day. who authorized the passports and the like.
There should be an acquisition of a government enterprise resource system, and to hire youth in universities to digitize records maps & general information, from health records, criminal records, academic records, vehicle records, land records. and going forward the day to day work of officers in these institutions should be updating the databases.
 

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American company to track Kenyans’ telephone calls

Parts of this one scare me.

The technology has the ability to strategically and tactically track all forms of communication (cellphones, SMS, satellite and Web, helping security agencies to pursue criminals,”

Some one is bound to abuse this one
and no Kenyan would be safer because of evesdropping.

i remember in my politics of war and security class my professor went into detail to show that all these invasions of privacy do not make you safer but they make you feel safer......and that is all the politicians will always be after because if you do not feel safer then the politicians lose their legitimacy to power.

refer to the leviathan for more information.
 

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Tizama wanavyofanya waTanganyika kwenye kiungo hapo.
http://www.nida.go.tz/swahili/
Hawafanyi masihara. Kitambulisho chao elektroniki na kina kila aina ya mambo, yaweza tumika na kila idara. Hapa waulizwa nssf, nhif n.k.
Wanakuja mbio sana Bongo huku kenya bado haijawacha rushwa na mzaha kazini
 
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