Julius Bitok, the Principal Secretary for Immigration and Citizen Services, disclosed that the government has printed more than 87,000 passports that remain uncollected by their applicants. PS Bitok made this announcement during a consultation meeting with National Government Administrative Officers (NGAOs) led by Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service Felix Koskei at the Kenya School of Government (KSG) in Lower Kabete on Friday.
He reassured the public that the problem of corruption within the Immigration Department is now a thing of the past and encouraged Kenyans to visit the facility to collect their passports, highlighting the swift processing times. PS Bitok stated, “I want to inform the country that we have successfully reformed the immigration process, and currently, Immigration operates without any corruption. We are making every effort to ensure that Kenyans receive their passports within seven days.”
He added, “We have cleaned up the system, and we are pleased to inform the nation that you can come and collect your passport without any additional fees.”
Additionally, the PS shared that the planned rollout of the national digital system known as Maisha Namba is progressing as planned. He emphasized that this digital identity system will play a crucial role in eradicating corruption, enhancing service delivery, and increasing government revenue.
The meeting included the participation of 8 Regional Commissioners, 47 County Commissioners, and 372 Deputy County Commissioners. Senior officials and Heads of Departments and SAGAs within the Ministry of Interior and National Administration were also present.