, LONDON, Dec 7 – The first ever external Kenya National Identity Card issuance facility was commissioned in London on Monday by the Minister of State for Immigration and Registration of Persons Otieno Kajwang.
Twenty two Kenyans benefited from the initial pilot project to determine its practicability.
Among them were the High Commissioner and his wife Ephraim Ngare, members of staff at the High Commission and selected individuals from the Kenya Media and the Religious Community.
In a brief ceremony at the Kenya High Commission at 45 Portland Place, the minister accompanied by the Director of Registrations, outlined his objectives saying; “My reasons for coming here are to provide you with National Identity Card Issuance facility, which will open doors for the enjoyment of your fundamental rights as citizens of Kenya.”
He said he also wanted to persuade people there to view Kenya among the many other countries as an ideal investment destination.
“I want to recruit you as good ambassadors of Kenya to explain to your networks that Kenya is a safe and profitable place to set-up shop in trade and industry,” Kajwang told those present.
London has now become a centre for the issuance of both passports and National ID cards.
The pilot scheme is expected to roll out to other key foreign missions including Washington, New York and maybe Berlin or Stockholm in continental Europe.
Kajwang noted that the dual citizenship provision in the new Constitution will now allow Kenyan mothers who have married foreigners, to donate that privilege to their children who can become Kenyan Citizens as well.
Kajwang was due in Geneva on Tuesday, where he resumes his seat at the Global Forum for Migration and Development Meeting.