Imminent Risk of Identity theft, politics, Uncategorized, world politics

Are you In Danger of Identity theft? Your guess is as good as mine

In Kenya, National Identity Cards are issued in accordance with the Registration of Persons Act Cap 107.  Kenyan Citizens are under an obligation to apply for an identity card once they attain the required age (18). The Registration of Persons Act provides for the requisite documents, which are used to proof citizenship. These include a birth certificate or age assessment certificate issued by government medical officer or a baptismal certificate issued by a minister of a recognized religious organization, further applicants should present identity cards of their parents in the instance where they acquired citizen by birth.

Identity cards contain the name of the holder, date of birth, place of application (which in most instances is the domicile of their parents), and an identity card number all of which should be handled with the highest level of secrecy.

However, that is not the case. The government and all relevant stake holders have defaulted on their duty of informing the citizens on the dangers that come with reckless use or misuse of identity cards, and the identity card number. This situation has been worsened by the requirement of M-PESA ( a mobile money transfer platform run by Safaricom) and Airtel Money ( a mobile money transfer platform run by Airtel Kenya) that all users present their identity cards to agents as proof of ownership. The goal here is to avoid cases of impersonation.

While this may seem to be an effective way of curbing impersonation, M-Pesa and Airtel Money expose their customers to major risks of identity theft.  Identity theft is defined to be the deliberate use of someone else’s identity, usually as a method to gain a financial advantage or obtain credit and other benefits in the impersonated person’s name.

Armed with the details of a persons identity card, it is easy to gain access to the finances of people. Most financial institutions in Kenya including mobile money platforms ask for information contained on the identity card as proof of ownership. This is in the event that a customer is attempting to access financial services remotely, upon giving the correct details as contained in the identity card identity thieves gain access to your finances.

Jurisprudence on identity theft in Kenya is yet to develop, and so is the ability of law enforcement officers to curb the menace. As such, Ignorant Kenyans are left at the mercy of unscrupulous identity thieves.

In light of the foregoing, it is imperative that all financial institutions in Kenya take reasonable measures of curing the looming identity theft crisis. A viable solution would be to replace the demand for identity cards with biometrics.

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$250 Million Spent on Air Strikes In Syria, and What do we have to show for it: United States, Britain and France Sinister plans in Syria

The United States and European allies have in the last week launched air strikes targeting Syrian research, storage, and military targets. These strikes came as a response to speculation that President Bashar Al-Assad had used chemical weapons to attack a town near Damascus, killing 40 people.

Britain and France worked jointly with the United States to orchestrate air strikes that cost the country an estimated 250 million dollars. The justification being a response to persistent violations of International Law.

In light of the  allegation that President Bashar, may have used chemical weapons to attack citizens, was the response by the United States, Britain, and France justified? More so did it bring to an end the Syrian refugee crisis? Did the air strikes attain or diminish the possibility of there being a chemical attack in the future?

The obvious answer to these questions is NO!!!!  So why spend a fortune from tax-payers money in an endeavor that is senseless and inhumane. While we can understand the need for these countries to be their brother’s keeper, their actions do not translate to improving or ending the current Syrian crisis but make the situation more volatile.

Russian President Putin is on record, asking the United Nations to intervene in the crisis, he was categorical in asking the United Nations to investigate the use of chemical weapons before any attack could be launched. However, the United Nations being the puppet it is, could not dare to speak against the planned attacks on Syria.

The Humane and sensible options on how to handle the crisis were ignored, at the expense of plunging Syria into further crisis and lawlessness. The $250 million spent on air strikes would definitely be put to better use, such as helping the refugees to rebuild their lives, open medical camps to treat refugees, set up schools for the Syrian citizens and help the country back on its feet.

However, when this noble suggestion is put to the United States, Britain and France the obvious response would be, ‘we don’t have that sort of money?’ So why spend the money to destroy than to build. Given this facts, it is clear that the attack by the United States, Britain, and France was not done in good faith.

The sad reality is the Syrian people will continue to live in abject poverty and lawlessness because their big brothers choose to watch the country burn to ruins.

 

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Institutionalized Racism in America ‘the freeworld’

Lady liberty stands tall and mighty on liberty island, New York harbour. The statue of liberty represents entry into the free world, inscriptions on her footsteps read, ‘Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, with conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand a mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command the air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame, “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she with silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”.

However, America is far from living up to the propaganda of it being the free world.

Indeed the statue of liberty represents the levels of hypocrisy in America. As many would have it the free world refers to a land filled with equal opportunities for all, like the proverbial Canaan ‘a land filled with milk and honey’.

This is not what America stands for, institutionalized racism and prejudice by government agencies against people of color and foreigners is the order of the day.

The same government tasked with protecting the interests of minorities, is the sole perpetrator of this prejudice. Using its power and connections, the rampant levels of racism are swept under the rag.

The levels of racism in the American government are so high that black African Americans are prime targets of law enforcement agencies. Choosing to suffer in silence, people of color are killed by police officers and if lucky imprisoned for long periods of time.

This practise has been going on for decades now, all these is done with the intention being aimed at maintaining white supremacy.

Further, in a bid to cripple the people of color; the government offers different standards of education in regions occupied by the people of color making them academic dwarfs and forcing them to live in abject poverty.

America is not what it portrays itself to be, it has a long way to go to even meet the slightest threshold of being referred to as the free world.