Kenyans in the diaspora will no longer incur huge financial costs in travel to acquire the new generation passports, Uhuru Kenyatta has said. Instead, the President has ordered the immigration department and the Foreign Affairs ministries to issue the passports in their countries of residence.
This, Uhuru Kenyatta said during his visit to Nambia where he addressed Kenyans living in the nation in a session where among concerns was the tedious acquisition of passports. “Form a team that will go from country to country to register Kenyans in the diaspora. No Kenyan should be forced to spend money to travel to travel to Kenya to get passports.” Stated the president
Earlier in the year, the immigration department came under fire after laying stringent requirements for applicants looking to acquire the new generation passports. Among requirements set by the ministry is the submission of the online application forms, three copies of the invoices, original identity card and a copy, old passport and a copy, three passport size photos and a copy of a recommender’s Identification card.
The requirements by the ministry are not different from those needed while applying for a passport for the first time. Despite issues raised by Kenyans with regards to the process, the ministry says requirements like a recommender’s copy of the identity card are in compliance with international regulations.
“The e-passport will be valid for 10 years and a lot can change in 10 years, so the recommender update is necessary for every renewal. As for why those recommenders, we cannot ask you to go a person whose credibility is not known,” said Immigration Director-General Alexander Muteshi