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SUPKEM unveils registration exercise for hajj agencies

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NAIROBI—The Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) has announced registration exercise for all agencies who wish to par­ticipate in this year’s Hajj.

According to the letter dated February 3 signed by the chairman Kenya Hajj Commission Alhajj Hassan Ole Naado, stated that registration exercise has kicked off and that this time round, things would be different and that interested Hajj agencies should be ready to comply and abide by all rules and regulations set by Kenya Hajj Mission.

In a communiqué, the council has given Hajj agencies seeking to participate in this year’s hajj a deadline of Friday February 21, 2020, to submit their renewal of registration application for 2020 Hajj or face disqualification.

 The umbrella Muslim body further indicated that this year there would be no new registration of Hajj agencies and that the measure and action is aimed at addressing challenges faced by pilgrims under hajj agencies during the 2019 Hajj operation, hence asked all agents to submit their documents and register particulars in order to get clearance from SUPKEM before embarking on the Hajj exercise

 Among regulation and requirements for Hajj 2020, the umbrella body noted that those interested Hajj agents and service providers wishing to carry out hajj program this year must be companies registered in Kenya as business entities with registration certificates, must have an official office with detailed address and an account in its name at a local Bank and should present a letter of guarantee from the Bank.

SUPKEM further added that agency will also be required to make deposit and produce Pin number, KRA Clearance certificate, Certificate of good conduct, ID cards or passports of the Directors of the Agency and the directors must not have been convicted of any crime and that the agency must have never been blacklisted while carrying out hajj activities.

The council also stressed agency should not have outstanding debts related to hajj activities for either hajj mission, hujjaj, agency, company, hajj service provider in or outside Kenya, since a lot of changes have been introduced by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which has insisted on advance payment for the hajj services.

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