(Xinhua) -- Kenyan
authorities said Friday they have launched an
operation to flush out foreigners who are working in
the country illegally.
Fred Matiang’i, the
Interior Cabinet Secretary, also issued a 60-day
ultimatum for all foreigners working in Kenya to
regularize their permits.
"We are going to give an electronic work permit
"We will give a window of 60 days to give a card
to everyone who is supposed to be working in Kenya
genuinely," said Matiang’i said during a meeting
with Parliamentary Security Committee in Mombasa on
He said the government is going to tighten the
process of issuance of those permits, noting that
the process is going to end up with the digital
register that can be searched at any point.
Matiang’i said unemployment levels in the country
are at an all time high and Kenyans need to be
cushioned from those who take jobs that they can do
The CS said there are some 34,000 foreigners
working in Kenya according to government records but
noted that the number could be higher than 100,000.
"This means that there are people doing jobs that
Kenyans can do," Matiang’i said.
He also revealed that the government will
consolidate all identification documents into one to
reduce the inconvenience of having to carry many
Matiang’i said the single card will bear all
personal data such as identification card (ID) and
driving license numbers as well as information from
the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) and the
National Social Security Fund (NSSF).