Kenyan citizens are accusing Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Alfred Mutua of deceiving them with false information after the government announced that Kenyans would enjoy a free visa for travel to the Caribbean country, Bahamas, starting in May.
CS Alfred Mutua made the announcement after holding a bilateral meeting with his counterpart Fred Mitchell on the sidelines of the ongoing Commonwealth meeting in the UK. Mutua stated that this move would promote trade and commercial relations between the two countries. The Cabinet Secretary also appealed to the minister to consider recruiting Kenyans in the Bahamian seafarer sectors and related service industries, as well as the healthcare system.
In addition, the two leaders agreed to work together to ensure peace in Haiti. Mutua emphasized the importance of peace efforts in Haiti, highlighting that the country’s eventual stability and prosperity would not only benefit its neighbors and the region but would also be good for global peace and security.
However, Kenyans are questioning the veracity of the announcement, stating that Kenyans have never required a visa to travel to the Caribbean country. They argue that Kenyan passport holders currently enjoy visa-free travel to approximately 74 countries, and they are confident that the Bahamas is among the countries on that list. Several Kenyans on Twitter expressed their opinions, with some believing that the government was trying to deceive them, while others argued that the confusion was due to the Bahamas previously being a visa-on-arrival country, not a visa-free country.
In conclusion, while the announcement of a free visa for travel to the Bahamas excited Kenyans, many are questioning the government’s motives, given that they have never needed a visa to travel to the Caribbean country. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen if there is any truth to the announcement, and if the government is actually working towards promoting trade and commercial relations between the two countries.