Kenya to issue identity cards to children

Kenya’s government announced that the biometrics of children six years of age and older will be captured in a new digital ID registration drive. The Principal Secretary for Interior and Coordination of Government stated that Kenya has acquired technology that makes it possible to capture biometrics from this age group. Registered children will be issued a unique identifier through which their education and healthcare will be monitored. Infants will be issued a unique number at birth. Kenya’s digital ID programme, popularly known as Huduma Namba, was previously contested in court with a January 2020 judgment requiring the government to put in place comprehensive legal frameworks prior to its roll out.