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Collect your Identity cards, Kiambu residents urged

 Over 30,000 new and duplicate Identity cards, some dating back to 2012, remain uncollected in Kiambu county.  

Speaking to KNA in his office Tuesday, the County registrar of persons John Njuguna said, “We do a review every month and as at March this year, there were over 31,978 uncollected IDs, among them 10, 526 new applications and 21,452 duplicates.

 He explained that the reason for uncollected cards could be that some applicants moved to different counties and applied afresh, while others could have traced their lost IDS after they had applied for duplicates.

 However, Njuguna disclosed that who had applied for IDs should make a point of picking them from their nearby county and sub county registration offices, adding that Once an ID card is reported missing, the serial number is invalidated upon reapplication and a new serial number issued.

This therefore means you cannot use the old ID, even if found, hence it becomes important to collect the resultant duplicate, he added.

 Consequently, the registrar said they have been compelled to apply various strategies including using chiefs to take the cards to residents.

However, this method is not always successful as some residents are never found. The destined identity cards have then to be returned back to the office, until such a time when their owners show up.

“During the recent voter registration exercise, we managed to distribute a number of cards to residents through their respective chiefs. This was necessitated by the fact that people needed them in order to register as voters,” said Njuguna.

Kiambu County registrar of persons  County  John Njuguna in his office

 Meanwhile, foreigners seeking to acquire a Kenyan identity card, must produce a certificate of registration as Kenyan, signed and approved by the CS, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of Nation Government.

However, for Kenyans to apply for ID, one is only required to be a Kenyan citizen and must have attained the age of 18 years.

The applicant must also produce a copy of their birth certificate and a copy of their parent’s identity card.

Other documents like a baptism card, a letter from the administrative office of the applicant’s area of residence and a child birth notification card can also be used, while for duplicate card application, one must produce a police affidavit or a letter from an administrative office.

 The process, according to Njuguna, takes about 25 days for the card to be ready. However, it could take less or more days depending on the workload in the office.


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