NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan government said Friday that
it has begun deportation of illegal immigrants operating in the
country following the lapse of a two-month grace period.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i also said the
government has deported 60 foreigners who were in the country
illegally and sacked 28 immigration officers involved in
corruption and issuance of passports without due diligence.
He warned that all foreigners who failed the vetting test
will be flashed in an exercise that will continue for the next
"So far, 60 hotel managers who failed to satisfy immigration
requirements have already been deported back to their respective
countries," he told county commissioners and regional commanders
during a meeting in Nairobi.
Matiang’i said some of the foreigners pretend that they are
married to Kenyan girls yet they are trading in drugs.
Matiang’i had issued a directive in May ordering foreigners
working in the country without official work permits to get
documentation or be arrested at the lapse of 60 days, saying the
move will help the government get rid of tax evaders and
He explained that illegal migrants with fake working permits
come to the country as tourists but take advantage of
immigration loopholes to engage in illegal business activities.
Matiang’i also announced that foreigners will from Friday
midnight not be allowed to apply for work permits while they are