The right to identity discourse needs to take another dimension in developing countries like Kenya. We all agree that everyone has the right to identity and registration, but what is the motive behind the registration? In the colonial era it was all around securing labor force and taxation and with independence the dynamics have shifted to security.
In Kenya, the registration is more focused on the national security than the right to identity. People register with the intent of belonging whereas the state registers with the intent of tracking criminals. This is why the fingerprints of an individual is key in registration. This has led to many quarry workers remaining unregistered due to the nature of their work. The workers lose their fingerprints due to the nature of their work and cannot register to get ID cards or even register to vote. This story should shape the way we discuss about the right to identity. @Lore @Purity_Wadegu @krithikadinesh @kanchikohli @lauragoodwin