NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya on Monday announced policy and legislative
changes in the work permit regime to prevent undocumented
foreigners from taking up formal and informal jobs.
Fred Matiang’i, the
cabinet secretary for interior, said a reformed work permit
regime is key to promoting transparency, service delivery and
“We are putting in
place a raft of administrative and policy changes around the
management of work permit regime to enhance service delivery,
guarantee security and sanctity of Kenyan work permits,” said
“Among the new
changes include setting strict guidelines for issuance of passes
and work permits and meting out severe penalties deterrent for
foreigners who come into the country on tourist visa and start
working illegally,” he added.
The minister spoke
to reporters in Nairobi during the announcement of results of a
two-month work permit verification exercise that began on May 21
and ended on July 22.
Matiang’i said the
verification exercise offered the government vital lessons on
how to reorganize the work permit regime in the light of
globalization of skills.
A total of 26,829
work permits underwent fresh scrutiny during the verification
exercise while an additional 2,760 that were accounted for were
not verified due to unavailability of holders.
purported holders of work permits did not show up for the
verification thus deemed to be in the country illegally. These
have been watch-listed and their details circulated to all ports
of entry,” Matiang’i told reporters.
He revealed that
details of work permit holders who failed to submit their
documents for verification have been forwarded to relevant
agencies for action.