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70,629 more passports ready for collection



A minimum of 70,629 passports are available for pick-up nationwide, according per the Ministry of Interior.

PS Julius Bitok of the Immigration Department stated in a statement made public on Saturday that some of the passports were from the backlog and some were fresh.

Initially, the Directorate of Immigration’s headquarters and regional offices had 87,454 passports in backlog that needed to be picked up.

“Every Wednesday, during the RRI period, a list scheduling the collection of passports the following week is posted on the Directorate of Immigration official Twitter (X) account: @ImmigrationDept,” reads the statement.

Because of this, on September 25, 2023, Interior CS Kithure Kindiki announced the commencement of a 30-day Rapid Results Initiative, during which the ministry would eliminate the backlog.

65,677 passports had been gathered as of October 20, 2023.

Even with the ongoing RRI exercise, fresh passport applications are being received, according to the Interior Ministry.

Since the RRI’s introduction, 43,742 more passports have been printed.

Applicants are advised to check the status of their passports on the eCitizen portal and the official communication channels of the Directorate of Immigration for the 70,629 passports that are available for pickup nationwide.

In order to guarantee the fastest possible delivery of services, CS Kindiki underlined that the government is dedicated to improving the Directorate of Immigration’s efficiency.

The passports can be picked up from the immigration regional offices between October 23 and Friday, October 27, 2023, according to a statement released by the Kindiki-led ministry.

7,500 passports in Nairobi will be available for pick-up at Nyayo House; 1,725 in Eldoret; 1,771 in Embu; and 1,501 in Kisii.

1,002 passports are available in Nakuru, and 1,547 are printed and waiting to be picked up in Mombasa.

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

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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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