Kenya: Thousands to regain citizenship in Matiang’i initiative

Published: 26/May/2021
Source: The Star (Nairobi)


Thousands of Kenyans who lost their citizenship under the old Constitution will officially regain their status in the next two months, the Star has learnt.  However, they have to lodge applications at Nyayo House in Nairobi or at the Kenyan embassies.

So far, more than 25,000 applications are pending at the Immigration offices.

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has written to the Attorney General to simplify the application process, a brief seen by the Star indicates.

The CS said Kenya is keen to reunite families as most of these Kenyans have to apply for visas and cannot engage in gainful employment unless they are issued with permits and passes.

Matiang’i is expected to launch a 60-day rapid results initiative programme to clear the backlog and set the stage for speedy processing and issuance of these documents.  According to the brief from the ministry, the pending applications will be processed within the period of the RRI.

“The RRI programme will start on 2nd June 2021 and run for two months ending on 31st July 2021,” the brief says.

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Themes: Naturalisation and Marriage
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2021