Kenya to introduce electronic passport to enhance security

The Kenyan government said on Friday it will introduce electronic passport as part of the measures aimed at enhancing security in the country.

passportsDirectorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons, Gordon Kihalangwa, said the e-passport will have a chip that stores details of an individual.

“In Africa, only Burundi has implemented the e-passport. By November, Kenya will be introducing the E-passport,” Kihalangwa said in a live Twitter Chat with Kenyans.
He said tracking individual’s movement will become easy with the e-passport.

Kenya is also fast tracking the development of a national database that will encompass e-passport, e-border, e-visa as well as its “third generation” identification cards, the official said.

It is to generate machine-readable documents that will allow security agents to check the identity of all people, he said

“As Kenya embarks on relaxing border restrictions through the East African Community integration process, Nairobi will not allow its borders to be easy targets for criminals,” Kihalangwa said.

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