President Uhuru Kenyatta has launched the biometric registration of civil servants from State House Mombasa, registering himself as a public officer.
The registration is expected to help identify ghost workers in the public service and expunge them from the payroll in a bid to reduce a ballooning wage bill.
According to a post on his Facebook Page, shortly after he launched the biometric registration of civil servants at State House, Mombasa, President Uhuru stated that the exercise will entrench efficiency and effectiveness in public service and ensure Kenyans receive the quality services they deserve. He also added that this exercise is not meant to victimize but to ensure that all public servants are accounted for. “I call on all public servants to cooperate and participate in the registration exercise to expedite its completion.”
Present during the launch in Mombasa were Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru and Interior Principal Secretary Monica Juma.
To register, public servants are expected to produce an original ID card, a completed biometric data form, letter of first appointment and a letter of the current position.
The employees will also be required to produce their birth certificate and original academic and professional certificates. In addition, a photograph and fingerprint data will also be added to the information in the employee database.
The registration is expected to start with employees of National Government before moving to county staff and is expected to have been completed by the end of October this year.
The use of biometric technology has attracted much attention and interest in the developing countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. This will be the second time the technology is used country wide in Kenya after the voter registration process in 2013.