The Cabinet Secretary for Internal Security has promised Kenyans to have their passports in just a week, pending passport applications to be processed in the next 21 days.
Speaking on Wednesday, Professor Kindiki said that he had directed the Immigration Department to clear the backlog of 42,000 passports within the next 21 days. Thereafter, they will start issuing travel documents within 7 days.
“To unlock the backlog within the Immigration Department, I have directed the 42,000 pending passport application to be processed within 21 days. Thereafter, all application must be processed within 7 days.” Said the CS.
The professor said that for people in emergency situations like those seeking medical and educational services should be considered and their applications processed within 24 hours. He explained that the current backlog has been caused by the breaking down of the printing machine.
He assured Kenyans that the faulty printing machine will be fixed within 7 days. The booklets have been delivered and will be used to deal with the delayed passport applications. He therefore asks people seeking services from the Immigration Department to be patient.
By Matildah Obaigwa