17,124 passports ready for collection from October 31
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The national passport delivery will continue into the third week, with 17, 124 passports ready for collection from Monday, October 31.

It will be the sixth week of the Rapid Results Initiative.

The Ministry of Interior has announced that the passports will be collected from the immigration regional offices from  October 31 to Monday to November 3, 2023.

In Nairobi, 7,500  passports will be ready for collection at Nyayo House, 1,543 in Eldoret, 1, 752 in Embu, and 1,501 in Kisii.

In Nakuru, 1,002 passports are ready while 1,500 have been printed and awaiting collection in Mombasa. 

In Kisumu, the department said 2,326 passports are ready for collection next week.

The government warned that passports that stay uncollected after their stipulated period of collection will be disposed of and the owners penalised in accordance with the law.

Interior CS Kithure Kindiki has stepped up efforts to eradicate corruption at the Immigration Department following public outcry over delayed processing of the travel documents.

The uproar prompted Parliament to summon him for an explanation where Kindiki admitted that corruption was endemic at the Immigration Department but vowed to crash the cartels.

The CS banned boda boda riders and idlers around immigration offices and declared the area a corruption-free zone.

Initially, there was a backlog of 87,454 passports that were yet to be collected from the Directorate of Immigration headquarters and regional offices.

As a result, Kindiki launched a 30-day Rapid Results Initiative on September 25, 2023, that would see the ministry clearing the backlog.