The government will dispose of uncollected passports in new guidelines under an initiative dubbed Rapid Results Initiative (RRI).
In a statement, Interior CS Kithure Kindiki indicated that the government will be publishing a list of applicants whose documents are ready for collection.
Persons who fail to pick up their documents within 30 days, according to the new guidelines, will have their passports disposed of and penalised when making a future application.
"Beginning Monday 25th September 2023, owners of 87,574 passports that are now ready but remain with us uncollected are advised to forthwith pick their passport from the designated collection points in Nairobi and various regional immigration offices that will be published in various media outlets and social media platforms from tomorrow and every other Wednesday during the RRI period," Kindiki stated.
"Delivery of uncollected passports is an integral part of addressing the historical backlog and to avert a recurrence, the Immigration Department is at the tail end of procuring modern printing equipment that will triple the production of passports."
Kindiki indicated that the Immigration Department will prioritise printing the travel documents for persons seeking medical care abroad, students due for admission to learning institutions outside Kenya and people who have secured job opportunities which have a clear reporting deadline.
"In the meantime, the 24-hour shifts in processing and production continue," he added.