National ID card a gateway to East Africa
20 February 2014, 08:23
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta traveled to Uganda on Wednesday using his national Identity Card to demonstrate the efficiency of the new system where East African citizens won’t need a passport or visa to travel to the three East African member states.
Under the new system that was effected last month, the citizens will either use national IDs and voter’s cards as travel documents.
Kenyans and Rwandans will be using national IDs while Ugandans will use voter’s cards when entering or leaving any of the three East African countries. Students from Rwanda will also be allowed to use their students’ cards as travel documents.
President Kenyatta is in Kampala, Uganda for an East African Community summit with Paul Kagame of Rwanda and host President Yoweri Museveni.
At the summit, the three leaders will also review the implementation of infrastructure projects that will ease movement of goods and people within the Northern Corridor, and boost communication.
The summit will also discuss the progress made in the implementation of the Joint Visa between Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.
The visa, which costs KES 8,600 and expires after three months, allows visitors to travel around the three countries without seeking any other travel document.
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