•The launch of the said product will also enable Kenyans to log in their personal details fully and access online government services swiftly
•10 local human rights groups wanted the government to halt the plan of rolling-out
Kenyans will be issued with the new digital identification cards from December, according to President William Ruto
The digital ID will enable holders make transactions conveniently using their iris and fingerprints.
Speaking at the launch of locally assembled mobile devices in Athi River, Ruto said that the Maisha Namba should be ready for launch by December.
The card will also enable bearers to log in their personal details fully and access online government services swiftly.
The changes will pave the way for electronic cards and registers as well as officially recognise the Unique Personal Identifier (UPI).
The recent changes introduced by the Interior Cabinet Secretary represent a crucial milestone in the development of the Maisha Namba system.
This move is expected to enhance efficiency, accuracy, and security in the registration and identification of individuals.
The announcement comes a month after 10 local human rights groups wanted the government to halt the plan of rolling-out Maisha Namba, Unique Personal Identifier (UPI) as at September 29 halted.
The groups claimed that the Maisha Namba introduction skipped important steps for improving the identification system.
Kenya entered into agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in August this year to help build the country's Digital Identity System.