Immigration PS Julius Bitok has encouraged Kenyans to collect the 58,330 unclaimed passports from Immigration offices around the nation. These neglected booklets are occupying vital space within the offices, prompting the call for immediate retrieval.

“We urge applicants who have already been notified that their passports are ready to collect them as soon as possible to free up storage space,” emphasized PS Bitok in a statement.

Nairobi leads the pack with 24,613 uncollected passports, followed by Embu with 9,584, Kisumu with 6,087, Mombasa with 5,759, Eldoret with 4,538, Nakuru with 4,466, and Kisii with 3,283.

PS Bitok highlighted the Directorate of Immigration Services’ intensified efforts to process and print passports, aiming to clear the backlog caused by a surge in demand. Applications are being handled on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on the availability of specific booklets.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki took responsibility for the delays in passport issuance, acknowledging the hardships faced by Kenyans. He vowed to address the systemic inefficiencies and secure funds to enhance efficiency in passport processing.

“The government undertakes to conclusively resolve this matter and create efficiency and timely service delivery in the shortest time possible,” assured CS Kindiki, emphasizing the commitment to streamline the passport issuance process for the benefit of all Kenyans.