Government To Open A Consulate For Kenyans In Arusha

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Tanzania government has accepted to the establishment of a Kenya Diaspora in the country for the purposes of uniting Kenyans, ensuring that they keep up with the laws of their new land to maintain the high profile image of their mother country. Kenyans residing in Arusha, Manyara, Kilimanjaro will now have a consulate following a decision by that decision.

Dan Kazungu, Kenyan Ambassador to Tanzania revealed the plans during the registration of Kenyan citizens in Tanzania. The growing number of Kenyans in the city since its closer to Kenya, has necessitated the need for a consulate.

A consulate unlike an Embassy which has diplomatic responsibilities is the representation of the public administration of a country into another country for its own citizens, living or travelling in the host country. It helps establish and renew passports, official documents, entry visas to foreign citizens and to inform them about immigration, residence, and work permits. It also watches watch over the rule of law and fair trials and comes in handy in times of distress or other emergency situations.

“The consulate will now reduce the costs for those citizens who used to travel all the way from Dar es Salaam. The government has accepted the terms, what is remaining is the implementation of the decision which will largely depend on the budget. The consulate will not only serve Kenyans but also businessmen from across the two nations because our aim is to ensure business prospers and our fight against poverty intensified,” he said.

Reports from the embassy say the process will be replicated in Dodoma, Morogoro, Pemba, Unguja, Mtwara and Dar.

A Kenyan resident in the Arusha will reduce the number of ID one has to carry around, thanking the government for thinking outside the box. All report births, deaths, marriages, divorces, adoptions happening in the host country will get to the competent authorities home.

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