Elders want ‘birth location’ removed from IDs


National Identification cards
National Identification cards

In Summary

  • The elders insisted that tribalism will only be eradicated in the country once the IDs have been changed.
  • Martin Kinyanjui, the founder of the association, said the elders have come together so that they can promote national cohesion and integration.

Members of the Elders Association of Kenya (EAK) want the government to review national identity cards as they believe some elements incorporated, such as the ‘birth location’, promote tribalism in the country.

Speaking during the launch of the elders association in Nairobi, the group insisted that tribalism will only be eradicated in the country once the IDs have been changed.

Martin Kinyanjui, the founder of the association, said the elders have come together so that they can promote national cohesion and integration.

“The association was to be formed in the years 2016 but because we never wanted to be branded as political, we waited for the conclusion of the elections,” said Kinyanjui.

“We would like the Kenyan Identification Cards to be changed and place of birth and location to be removed as they bring about tribalism.”

Kinyanjui also insisted that the association was not exclusive to individuals above 54 years only, urging even the young men to join the association as well for mentorship.

“The association through its internship program shall work towards rehabilitating Kenyan youth who have fallen victim to drug abuse,” said Kinyanjui.

“We shall work with the Government to fulfill the Big Four agenda because what we want is peace and development within the country.”

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