In Summary
  • The private firm will provide financing and lead in the execution of the project working closely with government officials.
  • The project is intended to begin in October with government employees the first to be registered.

The government is in talks with an Israeli firm to implement its plan to create an online database of all Kenyans.

The project is intended to help the government improve its planning and sort out security issues facing the country by creating a single database bearing all details of every person residing in Kenya.

It would be be carried out through a public-private partnership at the cost of Sh9 billion beginning October, when the first phase covering public servants will start.

Dubbed Umoja Kenya, the project is a presidential initiative and is to be implemented by the Kenya Citizens & Foreign Nationals Management Service (The Service), under the Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government.

The Service is a state corporation formed from the merger of four departments in the previous Ministry of Immigrations and Registration of Persons including the Civil Registry Department, National Registry Bureau, Immigrations Department, Department of Refugees Affairs and Integrated Population Registry Service.

Speaking to Sunday Business, Ms Mwende Gatabaki, the acting director general of The Service, said the Israeli firm, which she declined to identify, was picked from a list of three that were selected by the ministry to partner in the project.

“With very little resources, we reckoned the government could not raise the money to fund the project so we decided to enter a partnership with the private sector,” Ms Gatabaki said.

She said she would not disclose which Israeli company the government was engaging, saying only “the process is at a very tender stage and nothing has been firmed up.”

A proposal has already been written and forwarded to the Public Private Partnership Unit in the Treasury for approval.

The private firm will provide financing and lead in the execution of the project working closely with government officials. One of the requirements of the proposed deal is that the partner work with local companies.

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