, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 19 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday used his national Identity Card instead of passport as he travelled to Kampala, Uganda for an East African Community summit.
The new system where East African citizens will use national IDs and voter’s cards as travel documents became operational last month across three countries in the region.
Under the new arrangement, Kenyans and Rwandans will use national IDs while Ugandans will use voter’s cards as travel documents when entering or leaving any of the three countries. Rwandan students will also be allowed to use their students’ cards as travel documents.
At the summit, President Kenyatta, Paul Kagame of Rwanda and host President Yoweri Museveni will also review the implementation of infrastructure projects that will ease movement of goods and people within the Northern Corridor, and boost communication.
The summit will also discuss the progress made in the implementation of the Joint Visa between Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. The visa, which costs Sh8,600 and valid for 90 days, enables visitors to travel around the three countries without seeking any other travel document.
President Kenyatta was seen off at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by Deputy President William Ruto.
On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, the President once again used his national ID to enter Uganda and was received by senior officials of the Uganda Government.
The plane carrying the President and his entourage touched down at Entebbe International Airport shortly before 6pm.