Equipment To Secure Kenyan Border Points
The Department of Immigration Services has received equipment worth Sh40 million donated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to help secure Kenyan border points.
IOM through their representative Mr. Aleksander Galev handed over the equipment to the Director of Immigration Services Amb. Albert Musasia in a ceremony held on 9th March 2011 at the department headquarters in Nairobi. The equipment includes a Passport reader, Passport Atlas, PD 350 Forgery Detection System, Fingerprint readers, photocopier machine, printers, maps and magnifiers.
The handing over ceremony marked the end of a joint project started in August 2008 to develop and implement coordinated and humane migration management. The equipment will improve migration services and secure border points from human trafficking and counter-terrorism activities.
Other achievements from the collaboration between Immigration Department and IOM include a Mobile Border Processing Unit (MBPU), the first of its kind in the East Africa region. The MBPU comprises a mobile processing Unit and two patrol vehicles designed to operate along the porous Kenya-Somalia border and at sites with no immigration infrastructure or officer presence. It will also be used as a mobile office for operating along main migratory routes and can effectively help detect, identify and intercept any kind of irregular immigration or transnational crime.
Among other projects the Department has taken over include communication centres and equipment for the Forgery Detection Unit at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Moi International Airport in Mombasa. The communication centres have been established at the Immigration headquarters in Nairobi, the regional Immigration office in Mombasa, at the border with Somalia at Kiunga and the border with Tanzania at Lunga Lunga.
The communication centres will ensure timely and effective communication and flow of information between the points of entry and the headquarters.
Installation of radio communication equipment in the Immigration offices in Mombasa, Kiunga and Lunga Lunga is in the process of completion. The equipment together with well trained officers will facilitate effective communication between the various communication centres.