CS Kindiki: Gov’t to ‘profile passengers’ by installing advanced security systems at JKIA

Interior CS Kithure Kindiki speaks at the Mtwapa Location Chief’s office in Kilifi on November 17, 2022. [PHOTO | COURTESY]

To make passenger profiling simple and convenient, the government plans to implement the Advanced Passenger Information (API) system at the nation’s entry points, together with e-Gates.

In a message to newsrooms on Saturday, Interior Cabinet Secretary Prof. Kithure Kindiki said that the APIS and e-Gates would be crucial to enhancing national security and removing lines for passengers waiting for their immigration stamp.

The APIS and e-Gates will be deployed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and all ports of entry, according to CS Kindiki.

Prof. Kindiki also mentioned that the Kenya Kwanza government was attempting to enhance the electronic surveillance at the ports’ gates in order to be able to spot illicit goods.

As part of the introduction of third-generation smart and digital IDs, he simultaneously reaffirmed the recently announced Unique Personal Identifier (UPI) registration for newborns.

Prof. Julius Bitok, the principal secretary for immigration and citizen services, revealed last week that the new system for newborn registration and the online issuance of birth and death certificates would be implemented in March.

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