The Security Laws (Amendment) Act, No. 19 of 2014 amends the Citizenship and Immigration Act 2011 as follows:
- Sets up the Border Control and Operations Coordination Committee to report to the National Security Council on activities “for the management and control of designated entry and exit points”.
- Clarifies an ambiguity in the original text of the act to remove the suggestion that there is a limit on transmission of birth outside the country.
- Widens the grounds for confiscation of a passport.
- Adds an additional category of “prohibited immigrant” (now from (a) to (w).)
- Adds reasons why permanent residence status may be lost, including “has during any war in which Kenya was engaged unlawfully traded or communicated with an enemy or been engaged in or associated with any business that was knowingly carried on in such a manner as to assist an enemy in that war”.
- Requires any business offering accommodation to make weekly returns to the director of customers who are foreign nationals; and allows the director to request this information at any time.
- Makes it an offence to use a passport issued to another person.
- Adds a provision that “a foreign national residing in Kenya for a continuous period exceeding three months shall be required to register with an immigration officer and notify change of address, travelling or otherwise in such manner as may be prescribed”.
The Act also amends the Registration of Persons Act to allow a person’s registration to be cancelled and identity card revoked in various cases of fraud or “any other justifiable cause”. It permits the establishment of “identification committees or appoint persons as identification agents to assist in the authentication of information furnished by a parent or guardian”.
Download file: Kenya Security Laws Amendment Act 2014