The new Huduma Namba registration system will boost the fight against crime, Homa Bay County Commissioner Moses Lilan has said.
He said there are criminals who take advantage of loopholes in the manual filing system of national identity cards to perpetrate crime.
He noted that in the past, one person could own more than one national identity card with different names yet he is the same person.
He said the weaknesses in the old filing system allowed some criminals to escape arrest and fail to face the law after committing crimes.
Lilan said there are instances where a person may commit crime in Homa Bay where he is identified with a national identity card but after that they relocate to another place and use different national identity card to avoid being arrested.
“Such incidences were reported before, that will be a thing of the past,” Lilan said.
Speaking yesterday during the launch of Huduma Namba cards distribution in Homa Bay town, Lilan said Huduma namba will deter Kenyans from owning more than one identification document.
He said this will also enable the government to fight and weed out such criminals from the society.
The administrator distributed Huduma Namba cards to 257 residents during the occasion.
“Huduma namba card is generated through biometrics which makes it difficult for one to hide their identity. A person will be identified with only one official identification document,” Lilan said.
He said the Huduma Namba will also do away with irregularities in which people own academic certificates which they never studied for.
Lilan who was in company of Homa Bay Deputy County Commissioner Jude Wasonga told residents who have not received their cards to be patient as the government was still processing them.
“Some people secure jobs using fake ID cards and these are some of the crimes we are eradicating using Huduma Namba,” he said.
The administrator said the Huduma Namba will also enable the government to plan for economic development of the people.
He urged chiefs and their assistants to encourage locals to collect their cards at the nearest collection centres.
By Davis Langat