Fake passports in Kenya, Uganda worry security agencies

By Godfrey Olukya
Posted on Thursday, 10 October 2013 11:17

Discovery of the forged passports came shortly after authorities in Uganda stepped up security following the recent al-Shabaab terrorist attacks on Kenya’s Westgate Mall that killed over 60 people.

There were fears the terrorists linked to Somalia’s al Shabaab could target Uganda.

Uganda police spokesperson, Judith Nabakooba said the forged passports were a threat to national security as they could fall into the hands of terrorists.

She said some people had been arrested in the country in connection with the passports scandal.

“It is true that some passports, including those of VIPs were being forged in the country and some people have been arrested,” she said. “Already the case is being handled by the immigration office.”

On Thursday, the government owned newspaper, New Vision said a Ugandan woman, Anita Mbabazi, appeared before a Nairobi court on Wednesday over charges of forging passports.

Senior principle magistrate Peter Ndigwa heard that Mbabazi made forged Kenyan passports in the name of Isack Nuur Jeellle and a Somali passport in the name of Faiza Aden Mohamed.

She denied the charges and was granted bail of 100,000 Kenya shillings.

Ugandans have in the past complained about corruption at the country’s immigration department where obtaining a passport without bribing an official was a nightmare.

However, analysts say President Museveni’s recent appointment of a new minister of Internal Affairs, General Aronda Nyakeyirima was meant to curb the corruption.

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