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13,290 passports ready for collection from Monday



13, 290 passports will be available for pickup between Monday, October 16, and Thursday, October 19, as part of the nationwide passport delivery that will extend into the fourth week.

The list of all passports available for pickup during the fourth week of the Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) was released by the Directorate of Immigration Services on Thursday.

6,021 passports in Nairobi will be available for pick-up at Nyayo House; 1,386 in Eldoret; 1,398 in Embu; and 1,201 in Kisii.

While 1,221 passports have been issued and are awaiting pickup in Mombasa, 801 passports are available in Nakuru.

1,262 passports in Kisumu are prepared for pickup the next week, according to the agency.

Between September 25 and September 29, the first week of RRI, 22,353 were delivered to regional centers for Kenyans to pick up.

Between October 2 and October 6, the second week, some 15, 354 passports were sent out.

The government issued a warning, stating that passports that are not picked up within the allotted time will be disposed of and their owners may face legal penalties.

In response to the public outcry over the delayed processing of the travel passports, Interior CS Kithure Kindiki has increased efforts to remove corruption at the Immigration Department.

Parliament was spurred by the clamour to summon him for an explanation where Kindiki admitted that corruption was endemic at the Immigration Department but vowed to crash the cartels.

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We are not taxing till numbers – KRA



We are not taxing till numbers – KRA

The public is being cautioned by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) about a widely shared post on the internet that purports to show that the taxman is now looking into Till numbers.

KRA made it clear in an official statement on X that these allegations are wholly untrue and advised the public to be caution when it comes to possible fraud.

“Not true. Till numbers are NOT subject to taxation, and KRA does not collect any such taxes. Beware of fraudsters purporting to do any of the above.”

The revenue authority directed citizens to verify KRA staff by dialling *572# or through their official website

In September, the government proposed amending the Data Protection Act of 2019 to exclude KRA from its regulations, aiming to facilitate access to information.

The proposed change was to empower the tax agency to retrieve data from Kenyan citizens, including real-time details of financial transactions conducted through mobile money.


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VIDEO: Wetang’ula bans Kaunda suits in Parliament



Speaker Wetang’ula bans Kaunda suits in Parliament

Moses Wetang’ula, the Speaker of the National Assembly, has forbade MPs from donning Kaunda suits within the chamber.

In a Tuesday speech to the National Assembly, Speaker Wetang’ula declared that the suits—also referred to as Mao Zedong coats—were improper attire in accordance with House norms.

“I direct that all members must observe Rule 9 of the Speaker’s Rules on Dress Code, not only in the Chamber but also in committee, lounges and dining areas,” he said.

He also banned hats, caps and traditional attire.


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Tragic explosion in Mexico leaves Kenyan man in a coma



A Kenyan man residing in Mexico is currently fighting for his life following a devastating explosion.

The precise whereabouts and origin of the blast are presently undisclosed, along with any knowledge of additional casualties.

It has been reported that the man, identified as Francis Kamau Chege from Kiambu County, Kenya, is currently in an induced coma. Regrettably, he was left unattended at the medical facility for several days, as his relatives were unaware of the incident until they unexpectedly came across pleas for aid on social media.

Chege’s girlfriend, who initially shared the details on the internet, had sought assistance to notify his parents and other kin.

Chege’s family from Githunguri, Kiambu County has expressed their deep appreciation to the online community for spreading the important news.

They are relieved that his severe burn injuries have promptly been brought to their attention. Meanwhile, they have reached out to his girlfriend and the relevant authorities as efforts are being made to contact officials in Washington for urgent assistance.

Mexico does not have a Kenyan embassy and instead depends on the embassy located in the capital of the United States. The family is thankful for the swift dissemination of this vital information. Activist Simon Mwangi draws attention to a series of explosions that have taken place in Mexico recently.

These explosions have been triggered by gas-related incidents and natural disasters caused by volcanic activity.

“Thank you for speedy sharing, the father and brother have reached out. We have notified the contacts in Washington for a quick response. Be blessed good people,” activist Simon Mwangi wrote.

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