The State Department for Immigration Department and Citizen Services has announced that another 70, 629 passports are ready for collection nationwide.
Principal Secretary Julius Bitok has asked the relevant holders of the travel documents to collect them in their respective stations.
“The government is committed to enhancing efficiency in the Directorate of Immigration to ensure the delivery of services as quickly as possible,” Bitok said yesterday.
The Department has been working to reduce the existing passport backlog, which currently totals 177,599 applications.
On September 25, 2023, President Ruto’s government introduced the Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) to expedite the processing of passport applications.
As of October 20, 2023, Bitok revealed that Kenyans had successfully collected 60,567 passports.
He added that the launch of the RRI has led to the printing of an additional 43,742 new passports, bringing the total number of passports available for collection to 131,196.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has been working round the clock to expedite passport applications, lamenting the prior corruption-riddled state of the process.
Since assuming his role in September 2022, Kindiki has implemented several measures to enhance the efficiency of passport application procedures.