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“I like the new registration idea which was announced by Deputy President William Ruto at a meeting with the commissioners from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. But, will his detractors permit this dream to pass through icebergs?”, Timberlake queries. The exercise is intended to help in planning, elections and other administrative functions. It is also aimed at helping to identify foreigners, including terrorists and their sleeper cells, who may have corruptly bought national identification papers. My fellow Kenyans, if you remember back in 2010 I talked about this at a Press Conference when launching my political manifesto and I was attacked scathingly. My proposal is still in my manifesto to date. It puts forward a bill that would ensure that any Kenyan citizen and resident who wants to own a bank account, rent commercial or private property, purchase a car or a home, apply for rental bond or enrol for election/compulsory voting among other issues must own a unique integrated and digitalized card. At the time, no one took me seriously, I was blasted and called names instead.
This decision at this time is rather spooky to me. The government which is known for its hate for its opponents and political dissents cannot be trusted with this delicate measure. It will end up using this loophole to deny most of its opponents and dissents citizenship in the name of fighting against terrorism and its sleeper cells. It will be a big failure as long as the government cannot erect a forensic laboratory, period!!!!! President Kenyatta, construct a forensic lab, then convince Kenyans that you will secure them digitally otherwise it is a waste of time and taxpayers’ money. It is the same deep rooted-corrupt evil agents with their tap roots in the current regime who will continue abusing the “system rot” and continue granting irregular aliens original certificates. President Kenyatta, interlink and digitalize the system so the police can instantly identify fingerprints, car registration numbers, rental door-passes and driving licenses among other cards during random spot checks. With the aid of a forensic lab, the government needs an integrated system where each citizen gets a Citizen Registration Number that is used for their ATM card, ID, Passport, NSSF, NHIF, Driving license, number plates, rental door-passes public key, transport pay cards, computer ownership permit and all other official documents. All these must be sandwiched into a mega-card which Placenta Party of Kenya dubs the MyCard.
Timberlake’s government will revive the forensic lab project if he wins the elections in 2017. The revived forensic lab project will be a fresh impetus to modernise Kenya’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID) after a similar project proposal was aborted in 2002 due to irregularities in the bidding process. Under PlaCenta party of Kenya, companies bidding for the project must be duly registered, their locations and owners must be known and must exhibit evidence of capability to carry out such a project. “A forensic lab must a detective’s best friend. It is a shot in the arm for law enforcement agencies and demonstrates the government’s resolve to confront crime regardless of form or complexity. It is not a secret that lack of a modern forensics laboratory is frustrating police efforts to properly fight crime,” Timberlake said. “There is no doubt the proposed lab will add a new dimension in detectives’ work. Under Placenta Party of Kenya, the Police will unravel complex cases, which are currently hard to prove using traditional circumstantial evidence,” he added. “Without proper legislation and operational guidelines, work from the forensic lab could face litigation obstacles. We do not want to build such an ultramodern facility, then be bogged down by legal hurdles. There will be a sound Forensics Act guiding the scientific operation of the lab and incorporating the new nature of evidence into the country’s criminal justice system.” he added. Timberlake proposed a Bill in his manifesto to empower the forensic intelligence in Kenya. With a programme such as Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems, it will shorten the time needed to prepare court case files because there will be no need to match fingerprints of suspects manually.
‘I am sure criminals in the most high places of government would be rattled by this development and Kenyans relieved because the lab would equip detectives with cutting-edge technology to crack even complex cases, which [previously] frustrated them,” Timberlake told the press. Timberlake has urged the Police to start training cadets for a gamut of specialised jobs at the proposed lab, including forensic technicians, fingerprint analysts, crime scene photographers, document examiners and authenticators, and forensic entomologists. “We should avoid a situation where the country finally has a modern lab but police have no skills to use its equipment,” he warned. The proposed new lab will be able to handle DNA analysis, testing for narcotics and other illegal substances, forensics in arson cases, polygraphs, ballistic tests, document authentication, handwriting analysis, blood-stain analysis and 3-D facial recognition. This is a security dream come true that cannot be achieved in 6 or 12 months due to the wage bill hangcircumlocuting the government. It may be achieved as early as 2017. President Kenyatta, overhaul the National Registration of Persons and its Immigration nucleus before embarking on this titanic mission.
Under PlaCenta Party of Kenya, MyCard will be a compulsory identity document for every Kenyan citizens aged 12 years and above that incorporates both facial/eyelid photo identification and hair/semen/voice/saliva/fingerprints biometric data on an in-built computer chip embedded in a piece of plastic. It will be introduced by the National Registration Department of Kenya (replacing National Registration of Persons) if the party wins elections in 2017.
Besides the main purpose of the card-as a validation tool and proof of citizenship (besides the birth certificate), MyCard will also serve as a valid ID, Passport, NSSF, NHIF, Driving license, car number plates/logbooks, rental door-passes public key, transport pay cards, computer ownership permit, ATM info and all other official documents among other applications, as part of the Kenyan Government Multipurpose Card (KGMC) initiative, should the bearer choose to activate these functions.
Other cards which will be introduced in the KGMC initiative and share similar features are:
MyKid – for Kenyan citizens under the age of 12 including newborns (compulsory) instead of a non-obligation birth certificate;
MyPR – for Kenyan Permanent Residents
MyArmy – for Kenyan Armed Forces personnel; and
MyPolice – for Kenyan Police personnel.
Meanwhile, Timberlake has asked ICT Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to push President Kenyatta to offset the proposed forensic laboratory if he is serious about containing registration of persons via secured database. Matiang’i had earlier said that the new register would guide the government in planning as well as help the IEBC to conduct future elections since they would have readily available information. It is almost certain that the government is having difficulties establishing who is a genuine citizen purely on the basis of identification papers produced by the existing system. In the 1990s President Daniel arap Moi decreed that people from border districts were to be vetted before being issued with national ID cards or passports. The system was widely abused, caused resentment and was discarded. Some of the illegal immigrants caught in the current security swoop have Kenyan ID cards and passports but their details are not in the national database. It has been claimed that immigration and provincial administration officials at all levels have enriched themselves by selling these sensitive documents while compromising national security. Timberlake has asked the government to push for the arrest of all registration bosses who compromised the system.