NAIROBI, Kenya, May 14 – The Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi has called on the Ministries of Interior and Foreign Affairs to provide sufficient centres for Kenyans in the Diaspora to register for Huduma Namba and e-passports.
Speaking when he officially launched the Huduma Namba registration for Kenyans living in Kyiv, Ukraine, Muturi made a case for Kenyan students, many of them on scholarships who may find themselves falling out of their visa status once the registration deadline for acquiring e-passports lapses.
He informed them he had raised concerns on the challenges Kenyans in the Diaspora are facing in regards to access to registration centres in Kenyan missions abroad, and that the Immigration Principal Secretary Maj. (Rtd) Gordon Kihalangwa had assured him that plans were underway to expedite the process before the respective deadlines set by the government.
“I spoke to PS Kihalangwa last evening when I saw the list of the six stations that are currently registering Kenyans abroad, and he has assured me that they are scaling up efforts to reach out to as many of you as possible,” Speaker Muturi explained.
The registration at the Ukraine centre is being conducted by the Chargé d’affaires in charge of the Kenyan Embassy in Moscow, Russia, Winnie Mbala.
Kenya does not have a mission in Kyiv, but runs an Honorary Consulate.
Some of the Kenyan students who had registered said that they had travelled for up to 8 hours, some from remote parts of Ukraine.
They also highlighted the challenges that Kenyans living in Eastern Europe are facing in regards to representation, as there are fewer Kenyan missions in the region.
The students took the opportunity to express the challenges faced by returnee students who have difficulties getting accreditation back home by various professional bodies back in Kenya after studying abroad.
The Speaker and the members of his delegation undertook to follow up the matter with the relevant government agencies, noting that it was unfair for students to earn scholarships through the Ministry of Education, but face hurdles upon completion of their studies when the country needs their services.