Kenyans will pay Sh100 to replace a lost identity card, the Interior ministry announced on Tuesday.
Why Kenyans will pay Sh100 to replace lost IDs
Early this month while appearing before the Senate committee on Finance and Budget Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich said that the government is broke and was facing difficulties financing some of its development projects.
The Interior ministry has re-introduced application fee for replacing national identity cards in a move aimed at boosting government’s non-tax revenue streams.
When will it take effect?
Reuben Kimotho, the Director of National Registration, said the charge will take effect from March 15, 2018.
Who are exempted to this fee
The charge will not apply to persons who have not been registered before, that is, those attaining 18 years.
Who is behind this introduction
Interior secretary, Fred Matiang’i, has directed the National Registration Bureau to start levying Sh100 ($1) for replacement of lost, torn, worn out or mutilated IDs.
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“The Registration of Persons Rules is amended in rule 8 by deleting the words “shall not pay any fees” appearing in paragraph (6) and substituting therefor the words ‘shall pay to the authorized officer a fee of one hundred shillings’,” Dr Matiang’i says in the notice.
Why the service fee was not there from 2012
The service which has been free since 2012 when the then Sh300 fee ($3),introduced in 2011 was waived to encourage registration of voters ahead of the 2013 General Election.
Flashback to may 2011
In May 2011, the government introduced a Sh300 fee for replacing a lost national identity card. The replacements was earlier done for free.
Then Immigration minister, the late Otieno Kajwang’, said the fee was to encourage ID holders to be more careful with the document.
However, the fee was not implemented and registration bureaus continued to process duplicate IDs for free.
Who is responsible for the monies
Kimotho asked sub-county registrars to exercise accountability over the monies.
“Sub-counties managers will be held responsible for any incidents of mishandling the revenue,” he warned.