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Kenyans in Germany demonstrate over poor services by the Kenyan embassy
By Lydia Wanda Gichuki | Updated Sep 03, 2018 at 09:16 EAT
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Kenyan in Germany protesting
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Kenyans in Germany on Saturday demonstrated over poor services by the Kenyan embassy in Berlin

They claim the embassy has unfair and unreasonable requirements for the processing of visas using e-passport

Kenyans in Germany on Saturday demonstrated over poor services by the Kenyan embassy in Berlin. They claim the embassy has unfair and unreasonable requirements for the processing of visas using e-passport.

They have urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to come to their aid as he promised them two years ago when he visited Germany and recognized them as the 48th County. 

Most of them claim the embassy cites lack of machine as the reason why it’s takes long for them to process the visas. In the past, they have been forced to fly back to Kenya to have their finger prints taken.

Mr. Ben Njogu, one of the demonstrators said that he fails to understand how an embassy can lack such machines while the people in diaspora contributed ksh. 191 billions in remittances. He urged the government to use some of the money to buy equipment for the embassy. 

The demonstrators also claimed the embassy doesn’t render any services to them. Furthermore, they are harassed when they go seeking for services and sometimes police are called on them. In addition to that, the embassy have a hostile environment which makes them feel unwelcomed.

Another Kenyan cited corruption on Kenyans living in the diaspora as he narrated about an ordeal he had at the JKIA. He continued saying that he was asked to pay tax worth Ksh. 10,000 for his personal laptop and when he refused to give in they asked for ksh. 5,000 which he refused to give and later let him go .

They are now urging the government to fire the staff at the embassy and hire those Kenyans who live there as they understand the problems other Kenyans are facing. 

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