Ambassador Lazarus Amayo of Kenya will visit Minnesota August 5-7, 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Kenya Embassy Washington

Ambassador Lazarus Amayo of Kenya began a three-day visit to Minnesota on Thursday to meet with the large Kenyan diaspora. A series of meetings with Minnesota state officials is also on schedule.

According to a statement from the embassy, staff accompanying the ambassador will also offer consular services most notably the acceptance of e-passport applications. Kenya, along with members of the East African Community (Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and DRC) has been phasing out the old-generation passports and there is a deadline of November 2022 to complete the process.

Congresswoman Betty McCollum who represents Minnesota’s Fourth District, in a news release Thursday said Rep. McCollum will join a special luncheon Friday hosted by Books for Africa to welcome the ambassador. Rep. McCollum who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense has been working on a partnership between the St. Paul based non-profit and the Department of Defense.

Consular Services

Kenyans in Minnesota interested in obtaining the new generation East African passport on August 5-7 should visit:

Ambassador Amayo Townhall Meeting – August 5 @ 5:30 p.m.

The ambassador will hold a townhall meeting at the Maple Grove Community Center: 12951 Weaver Lake Rd., Maple Grove, MN 55369


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