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May 14, 2024

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Effective August 1, 2024, the waiting period will be reduced to 7 days and further to 3 days effective November 1, 2024.

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CS Kindiki announces clearance of 724,000 Passport backlog

CS Kindiki announces clearance of 724,000 Passport backlog

Interior Cabinet Secretary, Kithure Kindiki

724,000 passports, which according to Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki, were part of an historical backlog have been printed and ready for collection at Nyayo house.  Their owners have so far collected 684,500 out of these passports.

The passports had accumulated between June 2021 and March 2024, leaving applicants frustrated.

Dismantling Nyayo House cartels

Kindiki also announced that the process of removing barriers associated with passport applications and processing involved dismantling the corruption cartels that thrived in the chaos.

“It took a bit of time to get exchequer funding, pay pending supplier debts, dismantle the corruption cartels, and acquire and install modern, high-capacity printing equipment,” he said.

The Interior CS stated that efforts were underway to fastrack the collection of 39,500 ready but uncollected passports from the backlog lot.

He added that the government is working towards sustaining the production and delivery systems to and create system efficiency in the archival, record management, registry and Information Technology management.

“Going forward, all new applicants will receive their passports within 21 days from the date of application, while urgent cases will be processed immediately,” the CS said.

Effective August 1, 2024, the waiting period will be reduced to 7 days and further to 3 days effective November 1, 2024.

To track the status of your passport after application SMS the application number  to 22222.

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