May 23, 2024

CS Kindiki leads another clean-up at the Immigration Department over passport delays

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CS Kindiki leads another clean-up at the Immigration Department over passport delays

Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Kithure Kindiki takes fault for the delayed progress in passport issuance

Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Kithure Kindiki takes fault for the delayed progress in passport issuance.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki, on Friday, stated that he launched a crackdown on government officials accused of slowing down the issuance of passports. 

In a press statement, the CS launched an operation that would lead to the arrest of corrupt officials at the ministry. 

Kindiki noted that those found culpable will be fired and prosecuted in court.

“Beginning this morning, a crackdown has been commenced to identify all corrupt officials. Those found culpable will be removed from service and held personally accountable by prosecution and surcharged.

“I respectfully appeal for a little more patience from the people of Kenya to conclusively resolve this matter,” read the statement in part.

On the other hand, he explained that the systematic delays had been occasioned by debts owed to suppliers and poor investments in the passport printers.

“The prevailing state of affairs is inexcusable, considering that it is the right of every Kenyan to acquire citizenship documents, including travel documents. As the cabinet secretary on whose role issuance of passports falls, I take responsibility for the slow pace of reforms, and the prevailing systemic inefficiencies.

“The government undertakes to conclusively resolve this matter and create efficient and timely service delivery in the shortest time possible.

Arrangements have been made to secure the required funds and settle the outstanding supplier debts,” he stated.

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Early this month, the government admitted it was experiencing challenges with the issuance of passports to applicants.

This, government Spokesperson Isaac Mwaura noted, was a result of the occasional breakdown of machines being used at Nyayo house.

He, however, stated that there was no cause for alarm noting two new machines have since been procured and set for commissioning.

Late last year, CS Kindiki Kithure announced a raft of measures aimed at ensuring efficiency in the issuance of the documents at Nyayo House.

In September, he announced that the government had initiated plans to lease new machines from private investors because buying new ones is costly.

“The historical backlog that had accumulated over many years because of poor printing equipment, low investment and corruption has been technically resolved,” the CS said.

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