Immigration Department Defends Stringent Passport Renewal Rules as Kenyans Online Protest

Published: 3/Jan/2019

By John Wanjohi

The Immigration Department has defended the tough passport renewal requirements following protests by Kenyans on social media.

Immigration Director-General Alexander Muteshi says the stringent rules for applicants seeking new digital passports are meant to ensure compliance with international regulations.

Majority of Kenyans online are questioning why one still needs a recommender and parents’ ID card while applying for the e-passport, but Muteshi says: “The e-passport will be valid for 10 years and a lot can changes in 10 years, so the recommender update is necessary for every renewal. As for why those recommenders, we cannot ask you to go for a person whose credibility is not known.”

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Themes: ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2019