Diaspora Kenyans mull over dual citizenship
11 July 2012, 14:56
Washington - A Kenyan immigration lawyer based in the United States has cautioned Kenyans who are re-applying for their Kenyan citizenship and hence becoming dual citizens, to tread carefully and ensure they do not break citizenship laws of either country, Capital News reports.
Regina Njogu has worked closely with the Task Force on Citizenship and Related Provisions and she said that there is provision under the Kenya Immigration and Citizenship Act of 2011 that imposes a fine of Sh5 million, three years imprisonment or both for Kenyans who acquire foreign citizenship and fail to report the acquisition of their foreign citizenship to Kenyan authorities in the prescribed manner.
Njogu said that the issue with the provision is that it’s grossly unfair because the punishment doesn’t fit the offense and it doesn’t clearly define what reporting foreign citizenship to Kenyan authorities in a “prescribed manner” entails.
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