The Government will next week announce an expedited initiative for the compulsory, time-bound exercise of collection of all passports that are ready for collection.
Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Kithure Kindiki has urged Kenyans to collect their passports at their respective immigration offices.
Speaking in Embu during a fact-finding visit to Eastern Regional Immigration Offices, Kindiki said they had discovered that there were quite a number of uncollected passports in almost all the offices across the country.
He said the Embu immigration office alone was holding approximately six thousand uncollected passports while Nairobi was holding close to 30,000.
Kindiki said they were going to make it mandatory for all those who had applied for passports to collect them within the period to be announced on Wednesday.
“We will even publish those passport numbers and the names of the applicants telling them they must come and collect them,” he said, adding that more measures will be announced for those who decline.
He continued, “You cannot put us under pressure as immigration officers to give you a passport then when it is printed you don’t come for it.”
The CS added that for those who will ultimately fail to collect theirs, the law will be applied in terms of finding a way of disposing of them.