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Government issues important clarification on e-passport that has seen long queues at Nyayo House from 3 am

Getting the e-passport has been a nightmare to many Kenyans with queues at Nyayo House from 3am

Long queues at Nyayo House as Kenyans rush to get the new e-passport

The government, through the Department of Immigration has offered a clarification on the e-passport that has seen Kenyans queue at Nyayo House from as early as 3 AM in a bid to beat the 31 August deadline.

In a statement to newsrooms on Friday, the Director General Immigration Department Alex Muteshi clarified that the new e-passport will still be issued after the August 31 deadline.

The rush to beat the deadline has been a nightmare for many Kenyans with long queues forming at the Nyayo House from as early as 3 AM.

The statement read in part that “The long queues witnessed is due to a misconception that people will not be allowed to apply for the e-passport after the end of August. These are the fears we as Government want to allay”.

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Last week, four new immigration centers were opened in Kisii, Embu, Eldoret and Nakuru in a bid to ease congestion at the Immigration headquarters in Nairobi.

Six others were also opened in the diaspora.

The government began phasing out the old passports in 2017 with the process expected to be completed on 31 August 2019.

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