Kenyan government hikes prices of various identification cards.
Written by AIGBOKHAEBHO OKHUELEIGBE on November 9, 2023
Kenyan Government has imposed a charge for national identity cards, provoking the ire of many citizens.
The cost of replacing ID cards has also increased 20-fold to 2,000 shillings.
The new charges, which comes amidst a spiralling cost-of-living, have ignited widespread outcry among the citizenry.
The new fees also affect other government-issued documents, such as passports, marriage certificates, work and residence permits as well as birth and death certificates.
Obtaining or replacing various categories of passports will cost more than 50% more, while the fees for obtaining birth and death certificates have increased by more than four times, reaching 200 shillings.
Marriage certificates will now cost 100,000 shillings, more than triple the previous amount, while the cost of civil weddings has risen 10-fold to 50,000 shillings.
Until now, Kenyans have acquired ID cards for free upon reaching 18, but new applicants now face a fee of up to 1,000 Kenyan shillings.