Ordinary passports running out of stock

BY NELSON WESONGA

The government is running short of ordinary passports, with priority now being given to patients who have to travel abroad for treatment; persons traveling to conduct government business and students who get foreign scholarships.

According to the ministry of internal Affairs, the shortage is partly due to plans to switch from ‘machine readable passports to electronic passports’.

The ministry says it experienced an unprecedented increase in the demand for ordinary passports, which has doubled in the past one year.

However, the spokesperson of the Directorate of Immigration and Citizenship Control Jacob Siminyu says the directorate is addressing the matter, with suppliers giving assurances that stock shall be replenished within a month.