Uhuru's early morning order to Immigration Department

Uhuru issues order from abroad

President Uhuru Kenyatta during his address at the 39th Independence Day celebrations in Namibia

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday morning ordered the Immigration department to issue new generation passports to Kenyans in diaspora.

While on his State visit to Namibia, the President conveyed that he had arrived at the decision after holding talks with Kenyans living in the Southern Africa nation.

"Last evening I had the pleasure of meeting Kenyans living in Namibia.

"After our discussions I directed relevant Government agencies to come up with mechanisms of ensuring that Kenyans in the diaspora are issued with the new generation passports in the countries of their residence," a statement by the president read in part.

The new order will have a drastic impact for Kenyans who had to travel back to Nairobi at their own cost to get new passports. The Immigration Department will now attend to them from the countries where they reside

CSs who traveled with Uhuru

The President was accompanied by a number of cabinet secretaries including Monica Juma (Foreign Affairs), Mwangi Kiunjuri (Agriculture), James Macharia (Transport) and Peter Munya (Trade).

President Kenyatta also touched on the war on corruption, reiterating that his administration is committed to ensuring graft is thwarted in Kenya.

"Kenya has great potential but there is need to change practices that hinder our country from achieving progress.

"If you are corrupt we will fight you. You can be my brother or my sister or my closest political ally but if you are corrupt we will fight you.

"I won't be clouded by ethnicity or status in my quest to leave behind a united nation and I will continue championing for Kenya's unity," the President stated.

The President, however, did not address the current drought situation that has raised concerns among Kenyans.

His followers on Thursday accused him of having misplaced priorities for making the trip while his administration denied reported deaths in Turkana and Baringo as having been caused by drought.

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