Government Goes After All Illegal Foreigners In Kenya

In a statement on Wednesday, September 29, Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho announced that the exercise will be undertaken by the Department of Immigration and the National Police Service (NPS).

Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho.
Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho.
The government has announced a crackdown on all foreigners who are in the country illegally.

In a statement on Wednesday, September 29, Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho announced that the exercise will be undertaken by the Department of Immigration and the National Police Service (NPS).

It also announced that it will cut down the number of foreigners transiting through the country to levels that do not pose a risk to Kenya's interests.

Entrance to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Entrance to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

"Subsequently, the Government has ordered an immediate crackdown of foreigners who are in the country illegally. The exercise will be undertaken by the Department of Immigration and the National Police Service," the statement read in part.

"Going forward, the Government will restrict the number of foreigners transiting through the country to levels that do not pose a risk to Kenya's national interests," it continued.

Kibicho also indicated that the government had changed its mind on the huge number of Asian nationals spotted in Kenya in recent weeks being ferried to city estates with suitcases which annoyed Kenyans to the point of descending upon the government demanding answers.

Kibicho stated that the majority of the travellers originated from Pakistan and have valid Transit Visas to Saudi Arabia that are issued on arrival.

The PS further admitted to the country witnessing a huge jump in the number of Asian nationals arriving in the country.

The new statement came after Kenyans criticised Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna's affirmations that the Asians were tourists.

They had questioned whether the Asians in the country spotted at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and an estate in Athi River were asylum seekers from Afghans escaping from the Taliban.

Oguna had claimed that the individuals who have arrived in Kenya in the past few weeks have legal papers showing that they are in the country on holiday.

“They are tourists in the country legally and some prefer travelling and staying as families,” Oguna stated.

Videos of Asians landing in the country had ripped through social media trends and igniting public uproar, with most questions regarding what they were actually doing in the country.

Asians stranded in Nairobi.
Asians stranded in Nairobi.

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