Good news for thousands who lost citizenship under old constitution

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NAIROBI – Thousands of Kenyans will in the next two months, officially regain their citizenship that was lost under the old Constitution .

Affected persons will be required to make fresh applications at Nyayo House in Nairobi or at the Kenyan embassies.

In a letter to the Attorney General Paul Kihara, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i asked that the process be simplified for those making the applications.


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Reports indicate that over 25,000 of these applications are yet to be acted upon by the Immigration Department.

This process will be enhanced through a 60-day rapid results initiative programme by the CS Matiang’i, to clear the backlog and set the stage for speedy processing and issuance of these documents.

The RRI programme will start on 2nd June 2021 and run through to 31st July 2021, but according to CS Matiang’i the application process will continue beyond the set period.

The two month programme will see families re-united by speeding up citizenship applications by spouses of Kenyan citizens.

Stateless descendants of Kenyan citizens will also be issued with national ID cards and passports under this programme.

Other groups set to benefit from the RRI programme are applications for permanent residence for spouses, children, and widows and widowers of citizens of Kenya.

Investors will also be issued with permanent residence permits thereby according them a sense of security and predictability of immigration status, upon making significant investments in the Country.

Applicants will however be subjected to rigorous vetting to weed out those who will try to gain Kenyan citizenship illegally.

All the backlog of citizenship and Permanent Residence applications shall be cleared at the end of the 60 days, and a framework put in place for the speedy issuance of the documents.


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