Stateless In Kenya: An Investigation Report on the Crisis of Acquiring Identification Documents in Kenya
Source: Kenya Commission on Administrative Justice (Office of the Ombudsman)
The right to acquire identification and travel documents as well as the rights and privileges of citizenship are entrenched in the Constitution of Kenya, 2010. These documents are vital in many ways to Kenyans and the government has entrusted the responsibility of their issuance to the Civil Registration Department, National Registration Bureau and Immigration Department.
The Commission on Administrative Justice, while exercising its mandate to undertake investigations in any sphere of government as provided for under the Constitution and the Commission on Administrative Justice Act, 2011, undertook investigation into systemic issues inherent in the issuance of vital documents, including, birth and death certificates, identity cards, passports, passes and permits, and the granting of dual citizenship.
The systemic investigation was undertaken by the Commission based on the increasing number of complaints and presentations received by the Commission relating to the issuance of the vital documents.
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