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Reprieve as Garissa passport office set to open next month after eight-year closure



By: Harun Salat

GARISSA—Eight years after was indefinitely closed, the Eastern Regional Immigration Offices in Garissa town is set to resume operations on the first day of July, 2023.

The much-awaited announcement was made by the Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Interior and National Administration, Kithure Kindidki who visited Garissa on Friday.

The office of the passport control in Garissa has been off-duty since 2014.

“The Government will, from 1st July 2023, reopen the Immigration office in Garissa County to facilitate seamlessly and expeditious processing and issuance of passports and other critical residents in the North Eastern region, the CS said.

This move will make it easy for the people of North-eastern region to get passports and other critical services. For a long time, the locals have been yearning for the reopening of the Immigration offices, saying it was difficult for them to get the assistance they need since they would have to travel to Nairobi.

Interior CS further stated that this step is part of the Kenyan Kwanza government’s efforts to enhance access to quality services at Department of Immigration.

While on the campaign trail last year, President William Ruto, then a candidate, pledged to reinstate the status of the Garissa office if elected.


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