Withholding of birth records illegal- Registrar General

Online Desk |  3 weeks ago | local

Registrar General Henry Machiri has called on health institutions to desist from withholding birth records from women with maternity fee arrears saying the practice is not only illegal, but derails national efforts to ensure everyone enjoys the rights to be registered.

In an interview with Star FM News following an outcry from parents failing to take advantage of the ongoing national identity document mobile registration to secure birth certificates for their children, Mr Machiri said the right of a child to the document should be protected.

He added that the documents are being issued for free and his department is prepared to process birth certificates for new born babies at health facilities . 

The national identity mobile registration exercise began at the beginning of April and ends on the 30th of September 2022.