”Nyayo House A Den of Corruption” Says Ijara MP
By Abdihakim Mohamed
Hon Sofia Abdinoor, the Member of Parliament for Ijara Constituency of Garissa County termed Nyayo House as a ”den of corruption” and called on relevant agencies and the President to take urgent action to stem it in the spirit of the fight against the vice. The president’s call to fighting corruption must extend to Nyayo House and the murky passport processing issue said the legislator. ”Our people suffer in the passport application process which they require to travel to conduct their annual pilgrimage which is an Islamic obligation and the process must not be complicated” said the MP. ”The pilgrims are unnecesarily vetted and that is unconstitutional” she said. She said people who already have their ID cards must not be taken through another layer of vetting which is ”illegal”.
here have been complains for many years by people of Northern Eastern Kenya regardingo the process of acquiring passports and what they termed illegal layers of vetting that is unfairly selective and unconstitutional. Pilgrims are selected for extra vetting at Nyayo Hous when they apply for passports to make to Mecca for their annual Hajj. The legislator said the selective interviews and the disproportionate vettings are ”illegal and must be stopped”.
Hon Sofia Abdinoor, the first woman constituency MP from North Eastern Kenya, has been a vocal activist before joining parliament. She is the founding director of WomenKind, an NGO that works in Garissa County and has scooped many awards for service to the community.