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Matiang’i declares war on illegal immigrants and here is his hotline

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has taken his war against illegal immigrant a notch higher by sharing a hotline number for Kenyans to report suspicious foreigners.

Members of the public have been asked to report illegal immigrants through the  toll free number 0745-660-151.

The Department of Immigration Services has in the last two clamped on illegal immigrants on orders by the Interior Secretary.

The hotline was shared on the official Twitter handle of the Immigration Department on Monday, but there was no elaboration on what the public should look out for in identifying the illegal immigrants.

Those being targeted, according to Dr Matiang’i, are immigrants who failed the vetting test.

The crackdown will continue for the next three months, he said.

On Friday, the CS said that 60 senior hotel managers have already been deported after it emerged that they had come to the country as tourists.

And 28 Department of Immigration staff have been fired of irregular issuance of passports to foreigners.

Kenya spends about Sh360 million per year to deport foreigners found living in the country without the requisite documents.

“We can do more with the Sh360 million. Is it fair? I personally would like to discourage to this idea of spending public resources to deport people,” the CS said.

“We can improve some of our border posts in the country using the money.”

Matangi said the government will be proposing amendments to see those nabbed in the country illegally pay for their ticket back to their home countries.