More than 160 000 pensioners have so far been registered under the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) biometric registration programme aimed at curbing benefit fraud. Biometric registration, which involves capturing of one’s unique physical attributes such as fingerprints, DNA, iris and retina pattern, replaces the need for a life certificate.

Under the previous regime, pensioners were required to present themselves before an officer for vetting to access services. With the majority of pensioners living far from towns, the process was strenuous. Under the new system, getting a life certificate will not require physical presence…

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