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ANNOUNCEMENT: Your old Kenyan passport will soon be obsolete, get the e-passport before the deadline

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After procrastinating for months, the Kenyan embassy in the US and the satellite consulates have now began processing e-passport applications. You can apply for a new passport or replace your current passport through the e-citizen portal <www.ecitizen.go.ke> where you have to download and print out a form at the end.

Sign and date the form, add the documents and photographs that are required (see below) and submit them in person at the Embassy (2249 R Street NW, WASHINGTON DC 20008) for biometric capture.

Applicants can pay using mobile money, Credit, Debit Cards or online banking.

Requirements for new applications (Never held a Kenyan passport before)

  1. A duly filled application form
  2. Original Kenyan Birth certificate and a copy. ( If born abroad please see – Birth Certificate for Kenyan children born abroad
  3. Certificate of Registration if Kenyan by Registration
  4. Original Kenyan ID and a copy for Adults
  5. 3 (Three) passport size photos
  6. Copy of the recommender’s Kenyan ID
  7. Duly filled Consent form for Minors
  8. Copies  of Parents Kenyan ID’s
  9. 2(two) payment invoices for the prescribed fee

 

Requirements for replacement of passport( Current holders of passports being phased out)

  1. A duly filled application form
  2. Copy of Birth Certificate
  3. Copy Certificate of Registration if Kenyan by Registration
  4. Original Kenyan ID and a copy for Adults
  5. 3 (Three) passport size photos
  6. Copy of the recommender’s Kenyan ID
  7. Duly filled Consent form for Minors
  8. Old passport and a copy
  9. 2(two) payment invoices for the prescribed fee
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Requirements for Mutilated passports

  1. A duly filled application form
  2. Copy of Birth Certificate
  3. Copy Certificate of Registration if Kenyan by Registration
  4. Original Kenyan ID and a copy for Adults
  5. 3 (Three) passport size photos
  6. Copy of the recommender’s Kenyan ID
  7. Duly filled Consent form for Minors
  8. Old passport and a copy
  9. Personal  statement explaining circumstances for the damage
  10. Sworn affidavit to support (ix) above
  11. 2(two) payment invoices for the prescribed fee

 

Requirements for Lost passports

  1. A duly filled application form
  2. Copy of Birth Certificate
  3. Copy Certificate of Registration if Kenyan by Registration
  4. Original Kenyan ID and a copy for Adults
  5. 3 (Three) passport size photos
  6. Copy of the recommender’s Kenyan ID
  7. Duly filled Consent form for Minors
  8. Copy of Old passport
  9. Personal  statement explaining circumstances for loss
  10. Sworn affidavit to support (ix) above …Click to download
  11. Police report on loss of passport (Not just the case number)
  12. 2(two) payment invoices for the prescribed fee

 

NB

  1. It is the onus of the applicant to fulfill all the application requirements as above.
  2. Applications must be presented against original Kenyan National IDs
  3. All minors must accompanied by their parents or legal guardians
  4. Change of name apart from through Marriage must be accompanied by a Deed poll and the  changes must be affected in the Kenyan National ID card
  5. The Birth Certificate numbers appear on the Left hand side of the Birth Certificate (above the date of birth) and not at the top right hand side (Serial No.)
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Soon after the Department of Immigration Services  outlined the requirements for applying for a new e-passport but Kenyans were not amused.

Most netizens had an issue with producing a recommender’s ID, which they termed as irrelevant.

The department was also bashed for being backward in a digital era considering some of the documents had been verified during issuance of National ID cards.

“These are some of the things that make me hate this Country. I have a National ID. Why do I need all these to get a Passport? I already submitted my Parents documents to get the ID. Isn’t this just wasting people’s time and money?” complained one Twitter user.

“Why don’t you use details of my old passport to the new e-passport and save me all that mystery above”

“Quick question, why should a Kenyan citizen require another Citizen’s recommendation to get a passport?”

“You guys are big time jokers…are you not always ashamed of all those queues at Nyayo house… why not take advantage of technology, where someone can check online the status of his/her passport if is ready or not, than queue for 3 hours only to be told ”come next week again”

“We have people with long dead parents and can’t trace their (parents’) IDs, what happens to them?

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“Asking a lot of irrelevant documents just to make it hard.. What a disaster!!!

“Just for the record, we are in the Gregorian calendar year of our Lord Two Thousand and Nineteen. Style up!”

 

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PHOTO: See former NRG Radio presenter Chebet Rono’s stylish and youthful mother

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Style appears to run in Rono Chebets genes! We can confirm this, as we have finally come across a never seen before photo of her stylish mum who she recently introduced through her IG page.

The 20 year old media personality cum comedian went on to introduce her mum to her online family; leaving many wondering whether the two were mother and daughter or just sisters!

This is because, judging by the photo shared by Rono; one can’t help the classy vibe her mum gives in the photo that has attracted a lot of comments and likes from the online fans.

According to fans mama Rono apparently looks younger than her daughter (ouch) while others couldn’t tell who the mother is and who the daughter was.

Keeping fit

This comes barely a week after Rono went on to call out her mum for waking her up at 5 AM for a jog. In the video shared by the comedian, she made it known that she was not about that life; but I guess after the comments left under mum’s photo she will soon be jogging without anyone asking her to.

Of all the mums we have come to see on social media, Rono’s mum is just the bomb! She is not just stylish but classy – something we would mind keeping up with especially if they started their own YouTube reality show.

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Rono chebet with stunning look alike mum

I mean, you’d be hard pushed to find a celebrity mum and daughter who look more alike than these two – they’re practically twins; so why not keep up with them too!No?

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Student finds niche in arrowroot farming to beat Covid boredom

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Every day when the sun rises and the skies open up in Njukiini in Kirinyaga county, Hellen Wanjiku Njeru, fondly referred to as Wanduma prepares herself for another day of hustle. And once she picks up her farming tools, she sets off for the farm, hoping that the day will be productive.

Since breaking out of coronavirus pandemic seven months ago, this has been the daily routine for Njeru, a fourth year Bachelor of Education student at Chuka University.

She is so passionate about arrowroots such that she has earned the title Wanduma ( arrowroot farmer) from the locals. “I started small scale arrowroot farming two years ago though my mother has been doing it in large scale. I can say that I learned the ropes of the trade from her and she has been my biggest inspiration and supporter,” says Njeru. “So when Covid-19 struck and we were forced to go back home, I thought of starting to grow and sell the crop by myself, and since April, I have been into it. Arrowroots are well paying and my mother has been educating us with the proceeds got from selling them. With time, I wished to join her and I was lucky enough that she lend me a portion of her farm to cultivate the crop two years ago,” she narrates.

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The 24-year-old says life while growing up in the village wasn’t easy as one had to start working in the farm as early as they enrolled in school. “I am happy and grateful because the early exposure to farm life got me acquainted with best farming practices, most of which I now utilise in farming,” she explains.

Handson Njeru says that starting off was easy for her since everything was provided freely, including the land, suckers, manure and labour since her other managed the farm for her while she was in school. “I started selling my produce coincidentally when President Uhuru Kenyatta put in place the 7pm curfew as one of the measures to contain the pandemic. I was to harvest the crop the next day, but the buyer cancelled the deal due to the curfew. I got really worried as the arrowroots had matured and couldn’t hold any longer under the ground,” she recounts.

“I went on to take and post pictures of the arrowroots on several WhatsApp groups and requested people to make orders. Fortunately, I was able to get orders totalling 150 kilogrammes. I then went on and harvested the crop the next day and dispatched them to our various clients in Nairobi, Thika and other places through a local transport company, Neno Sacco. Since then, I have made it a weekly routine to

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send orders made by friends and clients who I find online. Social media groups have been particularly supportive. She markets the tubers through her Facebook page Cku Njeru Wanduma. “Currently, the price of a kilogramme of arrowroots stands at Sh85, which she says isn’t constant and varies depending on demand.

With the proceeds she makes from the sale of arrowroots, Njeru says she saves some of the money while the rest goes into sustaining her chicken and vegetable farm projects. Arrowroots take between six and seven months to mature.

Just harvested arrowroots on Wanjiku’s farm. She markets and sells them online.

Ups and downs

“I find arrowroot farming the best and easiest to do as it does not require much effort. For example, they don’t require spraying every now and then. They are also hardly invaded by pests. I have not seen any, unless a few locusts, which do not do any damage to the crop,” she says.

However, when it comes to farming arrowroots, it’s a little challenging, especially with water. “Too much of it spoils the crop while too little hinders proper growth. Arrowroots grow well on a wetland with clay soil, but with a well-controlled water flow, and not in a water logged area. On the bright side, it is also economical to farm arrowroots because you only need manure as the main input, no fertilisers nor pesticides,” she says.

Just harvested arrowroots on Wanjiku’s farm. She markets and sells them online.

Njeru says the arrowroots can be grinded into flour that can be used to bake or make porridge, roasted, boiled and taken with tea, fried with potatoes to make a Kikuyu meal called gitowero or deep fried and ‘ v eaten as a snack.

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Asked whether she will still be farming once school resumes, Njeru says, she won’t stop. “I will continue, sales might go down, but that will just be for a little while since I am almost finishing school,” she smiles.

She encourages other youths to take advantage of every opportunity that comes along their way. “Let us not wait until we acquire employment, whereas we can create jobs wherever we are. Capital is normally a major discouragement to pursue business ventures, but starting small is better than choosing to remain idle. Let parents also take up the task of holding their children’s hands and support them as long as it is a positive move. The future is bright. Let’s not limit ourselves,” Njeru says.

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Inside Maragua, one of Kenya’s most dangerous towns

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An hour of driving along Thika Superhighway from Nairobi and a diversion at Kenol market will land you in Maragua, a small town in Murang’a County whose economy is driven majorly by the sin industry.

 Security reports brand this small town with rugged buildings, whose money comes from agribusiness activities, as one of the most dangerous places in the country.

The town has constantly hit the headlines for bizarre murders and lethal armed gangs that strike on a daily basis.

 On November 24, 2018, a butcher in one of the town’s entertainment joints slit the throat of his female lover just outside Maragua police station.

 This incident had been preceded by the January 26, 2017 brutal attack on Jane Nduta, a 40-year-old barmaid. She was gang-raped, hit with a blunt object and left for the dead.  Ms Nduta died a week later while receiving treatment in a Nyeri hospital.

And in October 2018, the town was in the news yet again after Judy Wanjiru, a 32-year-old barmaid in the town, was found beheaded in her boyfriend’s house.

Fake plates

 The heart-wrenching infamy was the July 19, 2020 news of a 15-year-old boy who reportedly killed his eight-year-old schoolmate, packed her body in a gunny bag and proceeded to bury it in a shallow grave.

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 Apart from the butcher and the schoolboy who were apprehended by locals, the Murang’a South Directorate of Criminal Investigations has not cracked any of the above murders and many other serious incidents, earning itself the trademark of lethargy.

According to Jerry Okwatch, a University of Nairobi researcher on Home&beyond Security Initiative, the town is small and full of deceptive party life.  He says from 8pm, youth walking behind you will most likely descend on you with machetes, knives or iron bars.

“I would not advise you to use motorcycle transport past 9pm especially if you are female and new in town,” he adds. Mr Okwatch tips that if you must use a boda boda, first check whether it has number plate as many rogue riders conceal or operate without them while others use fake plates.  “Alcohol is freely accessible in bars that pull all the strings to defy the regulatory laws. Narcotics and illicit brews are readily accessible while commercial sex is on top of the town’s menu,” he tells Nation.

Gangs operating in the town know no blasphemy or abomination as Michael Njoroge, 67, attests.  “I operate a small hotel in the town and recently as I was walking home at around 9pm, I was accosted by three small boys who strangled and undressed me. They ran away with my clothes to search for money at their own leisure,” he narrated.  He says the gangs even break into churches to steal.

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 According to sources, the gangs and some bar owners pay weekly stipends to some police officers who in turn protect them by passing on valuable tips about security crackdowns.

 According to County Commissioner Mohammed Barre, the gangs, who arm themselves with bows and arrows, confront officers on patrol.

 Currently, security agents are camping in Maragua after word went out that four capital offenders who escaped from Kirinyaga County’s Sagana police station were hiding in the town.

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 “We have evidence that the four have on several occasions been sighted in the town. We have shared the information with DCI and other government departments but for the past eight months, no arrests have been made,” said a source in area community policing initiative, showing screenshots of the said tips that were never acted on.  Murang’a DCI boss Julianna Muthini said: “Yes, we have received those tips and we are on their case though they have remained slippery.”

Meanwhile, Education Chief Administrative Secretary Zack Kinuthia has decried rampant narcotics trade in the town,even mentioning the name of a popular peddler who runs a network of underage commissioned sellers.

 He added that some chemists in the town give the underage family planning services as well as help them procure abortions.

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 Mr Kinuthia said a peddler identified as Alex Macharia Kimani recruits children to ferry the narcotics using school bags to avoid security detection.

He said the government will not tolerate security laxity and compromises that continue to expose children to risky lifestyles established as businesses by unscrupulous traders.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Edward Mbugua in a recent tour of Maragua police station was made aware that residents live in fear of the gangs and in most cases never report any atrocities for fear of reprisals. He directed Police Commander Josephat Kinyua to be creative in tackling the gangs.

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