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Immigration Department Blocks Kenyan On Twitter For Asking Hard Questions

The Immigration Department of Kenya is on the spot for blocking a Kenyan for asking a question perceived to be exposing their unreasonable requirements for a passport.

The Kenyan using Twitter handle Bravin questioned why the Immigration Department would require parents’ identification cards before issuing Kenyans with the new e-passports.

In order for a Kenyan to be issued with the new e-passport, the department requires from them original ID and a copy, original birth certificate and a copy, recommender ID copy, online filled forms, 3 invoices, 3 passport size photos and parents’ ID copies.

However, to most Kenyans, it does not make sense why the department would require parents’ ID copies since it was submitted at the time of issuing the holder an ID hence all the information should be on the database so long as you hold the national ID card.

“These are some of the things that make me hate this country. I have a national ID, why would I need all these to get a passport? I already submitted my parents’ documents to get the ID. Isn’t this wasting people’s time and money?” read the tweet that earned Bravin a block on Twitter.

Upon realising that Kenyans were being blocked for asking the questions, renowned blogger Robert Alai took to Immigration Department’s Twitter handle but was met with a rude answer requiring him to re-read the tweet again.

“Kindly read through our tweet well, “New e-passport” not “Renewal or Replacement” there is a difference between the two. Thank you,” read the department’s response.

Alai poked holes on the department manner of doing things, saying that it exposed them to terrorism.

Read: Immigration Officer Imprisoned For Sneaking Nigerian Drug Kingpin

“When terrorists or other criminals see you ask lots of useless documents, they know that you are groping in the dark and doesn’t have any secure system. You need to up your game. This is a facade,” said Alai.

Here are some reactions following the blocked Kenyan.

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Written by Francis Muli

Senior reporter at Kahawa Tungu, Muli has a passion for human interest stories. Believes in unearthing societal rots that have been hidden from the public eye.
Follow me on Twitter @FmuliKE. Email francis@kahawatungu.com

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