The national government may be secretly frustrating acquisition of national identity cards in pro-opposition regions. Several youths have informed Kenya Today that district immigration offices and the few Huduma centres in CORD regions claim there are no materials to capture the data of new ID seekers, a situation they say is as a result of delays in procuring the equipment and materials from ‘abroad’.
This happens in pro-CORD zones but in Jubilee regions, it is alleged that mobile ID and voter registration is being facilitated actively by the same government, prompting those in the opposition to claim sabotage and early rigging.
“I applied for my ID last year and yet to receive the documents. I keep being told the documents are still with Nairobi offices. Why can’t ID be devolved? I can’t seek any job without ID. I’m trapped in childhood,” revealed Ben Onyango, a resident of Homa Bay County.
Recently, Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery clashed with governors who demanded that youths in their counties be provided with national IDs. Gen. Nkaissery claimed most governors want the youths to have IDs merely for elections purposes, a remark which shocked those in attendance, as participating in elections is a democratic right for every adult citizen.
Interior ministry plays a major role in determining whether one gets ID cards or not. The freezing of ID cards come at a time CORD has heightened voter registration initiatives across its strongholds which did not register maximally for the 2013 general elections.