Mandera County residents wishing to acquire ID cards will have to undergo tight vetting and scrutiny once the process commences, Mandera county commissioner

Alex Nkoyo has said. The registration was last stopped in September 2013 as foreigners were colluding with immigration officials to acquire IDs. Nkoyo said former committees and government officials sold IDs to foreigners, terming them “greedy and unpatriotic”. “If a member of the vetting committee is found to have issued an ID to non-Kenyan, then he or she will be prosecuted under the new Security Laws with aiding a terrorist,” Nkoyo said. Applicants must now come with their mothers, fathers or guardians for questions and their left hand thumb prints taken on application forms. They should provide a birth certificate, notification of birth, clinic card and a schoolleaving certificate with a letter from the head teacher.

Chiefs will have to sign the registration form to take responsibility if an applicant is involved in crime. Mandera county has been the scene of various terror related attacks that have claimed several lives including the recent dramatic attack on the convey of Mandera County governor, Ali Roba.

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