By Ahura Mujuni Mark
Government stopped the printing and issuance of National Identity Cards to many errors in the data being used and the quality of cards being issued .
This was announced by the State Minister for Internal Affairs James Baba when he appeared before the Defence and Internal Affairs committee of parliament .
Baba said that the data that was being used by Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCID) to issue IDs was captured by the Electoral Commission in preparation for the 2011 polls and lacks a string of parameters key for issuing IDs.
“Data collected by EC is grossly lacking because many essential features like fingerprints are missing,” Baba said
“We cannot issue IDs based on it.” the minister added
Earlier a report by the same committee had noted that the IDs being issued might not meet regional standards set by countries under the East African Community .
The report indicated that the IDs being issued lack an electronic chip which can come in handy in decoding biometric data of the holder.
“With foresight, this might be a hindrance to regional integration processes since the East African Common Market protocol provides for common standardized national identification documents including IDs,” the report cautions.
Kenya and Rwanda already have National Identity cards with electronic chips .