Tag Archives: Africa

Uganda: How Mistakes On National IDs Multiply Country’s Data Problems

By | April 24, 2017

Richard Kapule Ounoi, a teacher, was one of the first Ugandans in 2015 to pick their national Identity Cards (IDs). However, his card had an error. His middle name, Kapule, had been rewritten as Kalule. The former ordinarily belongs to people from Tororo in the East, the latter for those from Central Uganda. Mr Ounoi alerted the ID… Read More »

Security Features Of Nigerian e-Passport World-class – IRIS

By | April 24, 2017

Managing Director of IRIS Smart Technologies Limited (ISTL), Olayinka Fisher, has said the Nigerian e-Passport is world-class insisting that 95 per cent of components that constitute its security features is not made in the country. He, however, pointed out that Nigeria was not the only country depending on foreign components for its e-Passport, just as he disclosed that… Read More »

Congo Rights Group Urges Attorney General to Investigate Costly Passports

By | April 23, 2017

By Tim Cocks DAKAR (Reuters) – A Congolese rights group has written to the attorney general to demand a criminal investigation into a Reuters report that most of the money from fees for printing new passports goes overseas. Documents reviewed by Reuters of a 2015 deal between Congo’s government and a Belgian company called Semlex to produce biometric… Read More »

Malawi National ID Mass Registration Commences in June

By | April 20, 2017

National Registration Bureau (NRB) under the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security will from June to December 2017 be undertaking the first mass registration of Malawian citizens for issuance of national identity cards (ID). In a media statement on Wednesday, government says the mass registration is an opportunity for every Malawian to have their own national ID… Read More »

Thumbs Up: Mastercard Unveils Next Generation Biometric Card

By | April 20, 2017

JOHANNESBURG AND PURCHASE, N.Y. – April 20, 2017 – Mastercard today unveiled the next generation biometric card, combining chip technology with fingerprints to conveniently and safely cardholder’s identity for in-store purchases. South Africa is the first market to test the evolved technology, with two separate trials recently concluded with Pick n Pay, a leading supermarket retailer, and Absa… Read More »

Uganda – SIM-Cards: Govt Extends Deadline Minutes Before Court Ruling

By | April 19, 2017

Government has announced an extension of the SIM-card verification exercise to May 19, 2017 from April 20. The decision to extend the deadline rendered a High Court case filed in Kampala to stop implementation of the deadline “useless”, according to court’s Assistant Registrar Joy Kabagye Bahinguza. The High Court ruling was read to both parties in the case at… Read More »

Uganda – Over 7 Million Subscribers Update SIM Card Details

By | April 18, 2017

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has said over 7 million subscribers have updated their SIM card details using their national identification cards as per last week’s directive. Isaac Kalembe, the UCC spokesperson said there has been a positive response towards the directive although he said more effort is needed to avoid disconnection. “By over seven million subscribers had updated… Read More »

Nigeria – Danbazau Reads Riot Act to Corrupt Immigration Officers

By | April 13, 2017

The Interior Minister, retired Major General Abdulrahman Bello Danbazau has warned corrupt officers and men of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to desist from exploiting passports’ applicants or else lose their jobs. The minister, who sounded the warning while commissioning the second passport office in Kanoon Thursday, said he was aware that some officers of the service had developed the habit of collecting… Read More »

Congo President’s Adviser Received Payments From Gulf Companies

By | April 13, 2017

In June 2015, the Belgian company Semlex signed a deal to supply biometric passports to the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to documents reviewed by Reuters. A few weeks later two companies based in the United Arab Emirates made payments totaling $700,000 to private bank accounts held in the name of Emmanuel Adrupiako, a Kabila adviser who helped… Read More »

ESN Official Media Partner of ID4Africa 2017

By | April 13, 2017

Embedded Security News is a proud official Media Partner of ID4Africa 2017, the annual meeting of ID4Africa movement that this year will be held from 26 to 28th of April in Windhoek, Namibia. The Mission Modules of ID4Africa are: Promote the responsible adoption of digital identity in order to enhance people’s lives, make them visible, and empower them… Read More »

Uganda: UCC Insists On 7-Day Simcard Validation Ultimatum

By | April 12, 2017

All mobile phone sim-cards must be verified and validated within seven days or risk being switched off, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has warned. The warning is the latest among many previous ones from the regulatory body, where it has severally threatened to deactivate unregistered sim-cards.  During yesterday’s stakeholders meeting with National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), Inspector… Read More »

Countries Delay East Africa e-Passports Plan Until Next Year

By | April 12, 2017

East African Community citizens will have to wait longer for “smart” national and regional passports as member states lag a year behind schedule in delays that highlight the obstacles facing joint issuance of travel documents in Africa. East African Community partner states were supposed to begin issuing e-passports at the beginning of this year.  However,  Uganda, Rwanda and… Read More »

Uganda – Only National IDs Allowed in New 7-Day UCC Sim-Card Deadline

By | April 11, 2017

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has asked all existing subscribers to update their SIM-card registration information in seven days or they will be deactivated.  National Identity Card (IDs) and passports, for the case of foreigners, will be used to verify, re-validate and re-register SIM-cards for all subscribers. This is a shift from the position UCC had taken two weeks ago, in… Read More »

Bank Card fraud on the Increase in Namibia

By | April 10, 2017

By Magreth Nunuhe WINDHOEK – The Bank of Namibia (BoN) has recorded a loss of approximately R13 million through debit, hybrid and credit cards due to fraud in 2016, while the number of incidents related to card fraud over the past two years increased by 46 percent from 2015 to 2016. Card fraud includes lost or stolen cards; forged… Read More »

East Africa: Kigali to Upgrade to E-Passport From Next Year

By | April 10, 2017

Rwanda is set to revamp its passport to include additional security features and symbols promoting the country’s tourism sector as well as its culture. The move is in line with an East African Community directive for countries to upgrade to a regional e-passport. The new passport will have an electronic chip, biometric features and hidden security pictures. “The… Read More »

Nigeria – Long Wait for e-Passports

By | April 9, 2017

The prolonged scarcity of international passport booklets in the various immigration offices nationwide as well as foreign missions abroad has taken serious toll on Nigerians with huge implications for the economy. In this report, Ibrahim Apekhade Yusuf, Gbenga Omokhunu, Chris Oji, Precious Dikehowa and Ernest Nwokolo capture the agonising experiences of hapless citizens in their tireless wait for… Read More »

East African Community – e-Passport To Be Issued Early Next Year

By | April 8, 2017

The just-concluded 35th East African Community (EAC) Council of Ministers’ meeting at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania has directed Partner States to commence issuance of the new regional e-passport by January 31, 2018. A statement issued after the meeting indicates that this came after the consideration of the different status of preparedness by the Partner States. “The… Read More »

Nigeria – Funds Delay Issuance of National ID Cards

By | April 4, 2017

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) says it is working hard to address the challenges associated with the delay in issuance of the new National Identity Cards to Nigerians. The Director-General of the commission, Mr Aliyu Aziz, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday that paucity of funds was delaying the production and issuance… Read More »

Nigeria – Senate Legalises Smart Card Reader For Election‎s

By | March 31, 2017

The Senate on Thursday concluded the amendment of the Electoral Act ‎by giving legal teeth to the usage of smart card readers during elections. The Senate gave the go ahead to the Independent National Electoral Commission to use the smart card or any other method of voting its may deem fit for future elections. It agreed in the… Read More »

By | March 31, 2017

31st March 2017 PRESS RELEASE PARTIAL REMOVAL OF BAN ON ISSUANCE OF PASSPORT For Immediate Release The Ministry of the Interior through the Office of the Minister informs the general public it has decided to partially lift the temporarary ban on the issuance of Machine-readable passports with effect from Monday April 3, 2017.  The objective of the partial… Read More »