New Passport Scandal at Kenya Embassy in Stockholm
A Kenyan national has been interviewed by Swedish police after an old Kenyan Passport he handed back to the Kenyan Embassy in Stockholm was found to have been used for travel several times by another person.
Speaking to KSB, the Kenyan said that he was “extremely shocked” when police summoned him last Friday to face questions about his old Passport. According to the Kenyan, he assumed Swedish citizenship about ten years ago and since it was illegal for Kenyan citizens to hold two passports, he had to hand over his old passport to the Kenyan Embassy in Stockholm for onward transmission to Kenya.
Once he handed over the passport, he received an official letter of acknowledgement from the Embassy (copy on file) after which he assumed that the case was closed.
About a week ago, the Kenyan was contacted by the Swedish police and when he met them on Friday, he discovered that his old Kenyan passport had been transferred to another person who had used it severally to travel to several destinations. It looks like the police arrested the person who has been using the passport after they discovered that the guy was travelling on a stolen identity.
What surprised the Kenyan is how a passport could have landed on the hands of another third party when he had officially handed it over to the Kenyan Embassy and received a letter of acknowledgement to that effect. As we write, it is still not yet known how the person who was arrested with the passport used it while the circumstances under which he was arrested also remain unknown. The passport has been circulating for at least ten years and what is also not known is the number of people who may have had access to it and used it. The Kenyan was summoned as part of investigations and will remain in touch with police.
The case brings up yet again the issue of sale of passports belonging to Kenyans through the Embassy while it also brings to question the number of such cases which go unnoticed. The worst part is that after such passports are sold by the Embassy, they could be used to commit serious international crimes like human smuggling, drug-trafficking and terrorism with the victim running the risk of paying the price depending on the seriousness of the crime.
Before and after Ambassador Purity Muhindi was posted at the Embassy, charges of human smuggling and visa racket at the Embassy had been rampant and what this case shows is that there may have been some fire from the smoke that has been bellowing from the background.
With the emergence of this case, Kenyans who have taken Swedish citizenship and who handed over their passports to the Embassy may have reason to worry because as they continue to exist as Swedish citizens, their old Kenyan passports may have been converted into lucrative and valuable goods by corrupt Embassy staff headed by Purity who appear to be using such passports to make money illegally. There seem to be no end to the number of scandals at the Embassy. KSB is following the case.