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Give us passports, Muslims urge government

Robin Obino

Many Kenyan Muslims may not attend this year’s Hajj, an annual pilgrimage to Mecca. The department of immigration has allegedly denied them the important document despite early application.

Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (Supkem) Organizing secretary Sharrif Hussein says only 12 out of the more than 150 applications made as early as March have been approved.

“We feel disenfranchised as most of us may be unable to fulfill the Hajj obligation in line with the Muslim calendar,” he said.

Supkem officials met Director of immigration Major General (rtd) Gordon Kihalangwa who assured them their passports will be issued in three days.

With the July 30 deadline for the issuance of travel permits by the Saudi embassy approaching, the applicants are now calling on President Kenyatta to intervene on the matter.

“We demand an end to this discriminatory attitude. We want our rights respected just like those of other citizens,” they said.

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