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Government launches 60 days for rapid issuance of identity documents

By The Frontier Post Reporter

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The Government through the Ministry of Interior has launched a 60-day rapid results initiative programme to expedite issuance of citizenship documents.

While launching the initiative on Wednesday, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i said the move will help clear the backlog at Nyayo house where 25,000 applications are pending.

“Henceforth, regularization of the status of Kenyans who renounced or lost their Kenyan citizenship before promulgation of the new constitution will be expeditious following the establishment of a special unit to handle the applications,” he said.

Matiang’i said the government is keen to re-unite the affected with their families adding that he has requested the Attorney General to simplify the process.

He said lack of documents such as National ID cards and passports, denies people their right to education as well as gainful employment.

The CS said the pending applications will be processed within the period of the RRI which commences on June 2 and runs for two months ending on July 31.

Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho said the 60-day RRI will ensure expeditious processing of applications of Kenyans who wish to regain their citizenship having lost it due to the restrictions of the repealed constitution on dual citizenship.

“We are also issuing spouses of Kenyan citizens and their descendants with legal identity documents to stabilize the families. Some 500 qualified foreign investors will also receive lawful permanent residence status to spur our economic growth & create thousands of jobs for locals,” he said.

An investor Paul Van Brussel who said he had worked in Kenya for 25 years was given his citizenship.

Other benefiting applications are for permanent residence for spouses, children, and widows and widowers of citizens of Kenya.

Thousands of investors will also be issued with permanent residence permits.

This status is essential in giving a sense of security and predictability of immigration status to those who have made significant investments.

The ministry said it is aware some people are planning to take advantage of the process to get Kenyan citizenship.

“To mitigate this unfortunate motive, applicants for these two services have been subjected to rigorous vetting, sometimes causing prolonged delays,” the CS said.

The Director General of Immigration was directed to relook at the regulatory framework and the internal processes for the issuance of citizenship and permanent residence and make proposals for the necessary changes that would ensure speedy processing and issuance of the documents.

“By the end of the 60 day RRI programme, all the backlog of citizenship and Permanent Residence applications shall be cleared and a framework put in place for the speedy issuance of these documents.”

The delay is attributed to mandatory security checks, as well as slow and cumbersome internal processes, which has caused a huge backlog of applications that are awaiting to be processed.

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