A queue at the Department of Immigration Services Passport control office at Nyayo House in Nairobi for application and renewal of Passports in this photo taken on May 21, 2018. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL
When Elizabeth planned to renew her passport and acquire one for her new bundle of joy, nothing prepared her for the brutal experience ahead.
This is because she had been served before at the immigration department, which is located at Nyayo House in Nairobi, and did not have much complaints.
“I have been at the immigration years ago and the service was not bad. When I wanted to renew my passport and get one for my baby I was told by friends and people who have recently sought services at the immigration, that I needed to be there very early or else things would be tough for me, because it is hectic,” says Elizabeth.
She got the shock of her life when at 9am, on her first visit, the officers manning the queues told everyone who had received a ticket number to leave because they could not be served.
So she hatched a plan. On Wednesday, she left her house in Kiambu town at 4:30am and made for Nyayo House. But Elizabeth is not your ordinary applicant: with her was her three-month-old baby, well wrapped in blankets.
When we caught up with her at 5am, she was not first on the queue. It was dark and chilly. Hundreds of Kenyans had already queued up waiting for the doors of the immigration department to be opened at 6am.
They had come to either apply, renew or collect their passports. Men and women were queued in two separate lines. For Elizabeth, the warm clothes and blankets helped keep the cold away. With every passing minute, more people continued to trickle in taking their positions in the line.
“This has now become the norm at immigration, I was told by a friend that if I wanted anything done and not waste my time waiting at immigration for the whole day, is that I should be here as early as 5am. Personally, I was here by 4:30am,” said a woman standing in line who requested anonymity.
At 6am, the administration police officers open the gates. The crowd gushes in past the security check.
Inside, the melee continues. Renewing or applying for a passport has become tedious and scary. Kenyans shudder at the thought of making a trip to Nyayo House because of the endless stories on the painful service.
Florence Naliaka says she left Ngong town at 4am. Her case was different because she had gone to collect her passport.
Despite her effort of coming in early, she still returned home dejected after the officers told her that her passport was still being processed.
“Wameniambia nikuje tena in two weeks. I applied for the passport last year in November nikaambiwa nirudi after 15 working days na sahii imekuwa zaidi na sijapata,” said Ms Florence.
On the queue too was Jack who did not have his documents because he had left them at work. And being 5am, he could not access them because they had yet to open for the day.
“I just decided to come here early and queue so I can secure my position and get a number ticket before I rush back to the office and get my documents then come back,” says Jack.
Political activist Scheaffer Okore was also among those who vented online on the poor service being experienced at the Immigration department.
“Nairobi Passport application process begins at dawn a night runner’s marathon Collection process another marathon surely, is there anything humane about this process? Why is this a survivor episode WHY? Are ppl too many, are workers few, are computers slow what is it??” wrote Ms Okore on Twitter.
“We really need to stop accepting this kind of service where you waste a whole day to get just one thing done in a public office. This isn’t what service is supposed to be it’s not professional in any kind of way. And then people are angry they’ve been waiting for hours only to be told to come back tomorrow for their passports… look at this inefficiency!!! Public service is so deplorable in this country.”
Earlier this month The Immigration Department came under fire online after Kenyans protested the stringent requirements set out to applicant of the new e-passport.
Nairobi News reached out to Immigration Principal Secretary Gordon Kihalangwa but he did not pick our calls. He also did not respond to two text messages sent to his phone.
After declaring that long distance relationships aren’t for her, Sherlyne Anyango might have bagged herself a new mzungu boyfriend. It’s barely days since she left the country to go to the States to ‘hustle’. According to her, it’s easier to hustle in the States with her twerking talent.
Love At First Sight?
Well, she moved on quickly! This was the reaction of most of her fans after Sherlyne went live with her new catch. Most people were surprised by how fast she possibly got a boyfriend. But she hasn’t made it clear.
While this might seem unfair to her Kenyan bae, Oga Obinna, it was a mutual agreement between them to dissolve their relationship due to the distance between them.
”I’m a single boy again now😪😱!! Now with the standards you set who will fit in🤷🏿 who will fill your shoes??But Si Ni Life… But for now Kill Them with your AWESOMENESS and SECURE THE BAG!!! Don’t let nobody tell you otherwise. Plus there will always be space for you in my Heart and Kidney🙊🙈🙏🏿.”
In line to this, Sherlyne had also declared how much she misses Obinna and wrote back to him;
”Don’t make me cry. That’s life 😞😞. I feel bad. I miss you badly.”
Well, turns out she won’t be missing him any more after getting a new catch. Obinna has not yet responded to Sherlyne’s video posted on her Insta stories. I bet he’s not happy seeing her with another man.
When it comes to buying or tailoring a new blazer, most people think it’s all about getting what fits. Even though that is one of the most vital things to focus on when selecting blazers, there are other things you need to look out for in order to have a perfect and versatile blazer.
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Yes, this is the first thing you should consider before making or buying yourself a blazer. You need to check your closet and consider the most dominant colour and pieces, can they be layered with a blazer or paired together?
Once that is set, you are good to go, though the more colourful a blazer is the more fun you will have pairing it with other pieces.
When selecting the perfect blazer always be very careful not to choose a small blazer. You might confuse a small blazer for a fitting one.
It should not be too tight that your shoulders cannot move in it or you can barely button it.
Although ladies are lucky they can go with any arm length, because it can be considered fashionable, ensure that it is your size. Also, avoid going for extra-large coats that will drown you and hide your best features.
A blazer is in between a suit jacket and a hoodie. Meaning, it should be able to pass for official and casual events. Let your guide be what you are buying it for.
There are different kinds of blazers ranging from open front blazers, single breasted blazers, belted ones, the list is endless.
Always go for a blazer that resonates with your style and closet items. Also, long blazers are classier and versatile than the shorter boyfriend ones. This is in terms of versatility.
Are you looking for a linen blazer, cotton or the suit material fabric? Do you want it shiny or matte? Do you need one with metal studded elements or with embellished buttons like the army? The kind of texture you go for will determine the way you dress your blazer.
Although blazers are meant to match with all outfits, the kind of design you go for can either limit your outfit choices or broaden your matching game.
They say the longer the blazer, the double the respect. You already know what I mean by this. Longer blazers are more eye catching, trendy and versatile. It will be easier for you to pair them to a tiny skirt, pencil trouser or palazzos.
Also did I mention how well they pair with crop tops? Yes, when buying a blazer, the length is very important.
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By Milo George
Residents of Pipeline Transami area are decrying poor drainage system that has caused sewage water to overflow in their area of residence.
The residents claim that the overflowing sewage is not only putting their lives at risk but also causing air pollution.
They have called on Nairobi Metropolitan Services and Nairobi City Water and Sewage Company to come on board and expand the sewer lines before more areas are flooded with raw human wastes coming from the blocked pipes. “We want Major Badi and our leaders to resolve this menace immediately. It’s terrible many have been forced to shift their businesses because of the foul smell,” they said. Pastor Joe Ndivoh of Word Evangelistic Explosion Ministries says that they have been forced to call off the Sunday School Service to protect the children from the smelly sewage. ‘‘We now fear that if prompt action is not taken then we will have a bigger health problem than this because we fear there could be an outbreak of water-borne disease anytime,’’ Pastor Ndivoh added.
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