Tag Archives: Kenya

Kenya Goes It Alone On e-Passport as Neighbours Dither

By | September 5, 2017

Kenya has rolled out the East African Community (EAC) electronic passport, 17 years after discussions to develop the document began. The new generation e-passport, which conforms to the international civil standards, replaces the existing national document, set to be phased out by September 2019. “The Immigration Department will no longer process and issue the current ordinary, diplomatic and… Read More »

Kenia – E-passport to phaseout chip-less predecessor by August 2019

By | August 31, 2017

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 31 – The government on Thursday began issuing electronic passports from, almost two years after the plan was mooted. Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi presided over the launch of the exercise, which will see those applying for the new documents issued with the new generation e-passports that feature a microchip with the holder’s data.… Read More »

Kenya – Long wait for e-passport ahead of its launch Thursday

By | August 30, 2017

People waited in long queues at the immigration headquarters Wednesday as citizens scrambled to apply ahead of Thursday’s launch of electronic passports. Services at the Nyayo House offices will be unavailable up to midday Thursday as the department prepares to roll out the electronic border passes. Regional and border offices will however continue to operate as normal without… Read More »

Kenya to introduce e-passport in September to enhance security

By | August 17, 2017

NAIROBI, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) — The Kenyan government said on Thursday that it will introduce electronic passport from September as part of efforts to improve security in the country. The country’s Directorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons Gordon Kihalangwa said the e-passport will have a chip that has details of an individual. Kihalangwa said the department would… Read More »

Kenya – Electronic passports to replace current passports in 2019

By | August 17, 2017

Kenyans traveling abroad will be required to replace their passports over the next two years, as the Department of Immigration begins phasing them out. This as the government rolls out the more secure electronic or e-passport from next month meant to capture a passport holder’s bio data. On Thursday, Immigration Department Director Gordon Kihalangwa said the department would… Read More »

Kenya – Kenyans to get new e-passports from September

By | August 17, 2017

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 17 – Kenya’s Immigration Department has announced that it will start to issue citizens with e-passports beginning next month. According to the Immigration Department, the upgrade is expected to facilitate faster clearance at ports of entry and exit and will apply to new applications/renewals before the current passport is phased out. The difference between the current… Read More »

Kenya to start using digital driving licenses, NTSA

By | July 12, 2017

Early this year, the National Transport and Safety Authority of Kenya announced a proposal to launch a smart driving licenses. The move was made primarily to improve motorist safety on the roads. NTSA in March signed a Sh2.1 billion contract with the National Bank of Kenya for the manufacture and formulation of the smart licenses aimed at revolutionizing… Read More »

Kenya – Smart driving licence to be launched in July – NTSA

By | May 3, 2017

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) will launch a smart driving license with a view of replacing old paper-based ones to help in curbing rogue drivers on roads in two months time. This is according to the body’s Director of Road Safety, Njeri Waithaka. According to Waithaka, the tech-based driving license will be fitted with an electronic… Read More »

East African Community – e-Passport To Be Issued Early Next Year

By | April 8, 2017

The just-concluded 35th East African Community (EAC) Council of Ministers’ meeting at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania has directed Partner States to commence issuance of the new regional e-passport by January 31, 2018. A statement issued after the meeting indicates that this came after the consideration of the different status of preparedness by the Partner States. “The… Read More »

Kenya – Jubilee Urged to Abandon Smart Card in Nominations

By | March 29, 2017

Aspirants from Embu County have called on the Jubilee Party to discard the use of the recently launched party smart card and instead allow members to use the national ID cards during the nominations. According to Manyatta Parliamentary seat aspirant, Justus Mugo Kinyua, this will give supporters an opportunity to participate in the process adding that the card… Read More »

Kenya – Jubilee Under Pressure to Abandon Smart Card in Primaries

By | March 20, 2017

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party is staring at a crisis over what some now describe as an over-ambitious plan to conduct its nominations using a digital smart card. Mr Raphael Tuju, the head of the Jubilee Party secretariat, on Monday said the National Elections Board will make a decision on the use of the cards, a double-edged decision… Read More »

Kenya: Electoral Commission Rushes to Conclude Tender Evaluation

By | March 15, 2017

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is rushing to conclude the evaluation of a Sh3 billion tender for a system to manage this year’s General Election. On Wednesday, it said it would comply with orders of the Public Procurement Administrate Review Board to conclude evaluation and award the deal to Gemalto SA, a French firm. “The Commission… Read More »

Kenya – Electronic Passports Delayed to September

By | March 14, 2017

Kenya has delayed the planned April 3 rollout of an electronic passport to allow other East African Community (EAC) member countries to simultaneously launch the document in September. In a statement, Immigration Department Director Gordon Kihalangwa yesterday said Kenya and its EAC partners, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda and Burundi will jointly launch the EAC e-passports on September 1.… Read More »

Kenya – EAC’s e-Passport Roll-Out Pushed to September

By | March 14, 2017

Kenya will roll out the East Africa Community e-Passport in September, Interior Ministry announced on Tuesday. Through a tweet, the ministry said the issuance of the travel documents will begin from September 1. The public had been notified that the same was to commence on April 3 after being pushed from November 2015. According to the ministry, this… Read More »

Kenya to Start Issuing ePassports From April

By | March 9, 2017

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9 – The immigration department has announced it will roll out e-passports from April 2017. The department says the new generation passports will contain a chip that has the details and biometrics of the passport holder. “With enhanced security features, the e-passports will be tamper proof and eliminate data skimming,” the department tweeted. The e-passports… Read More »

Kenya – IEBC to start register clean-up amid integrity queries

By | March 5, 2017

The integrity of the voter register has continued to face questions ahead of the August election even as the electoral commission seeks to start cleaning it up. However, it is a task that has a long history of controversy and this time may not be different. In January, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) admitted that 78,000… Read More »