Kenyans in the Diaspora will soon be able to register as voters for next elections once the Kenya Citizenship Immigration Bill is enacted.
Debate on the bill was concluded Wednesday evening with MPs backing provisions contained on citizenship and immigration matters.
In addition to legalizing dual citizenship the bill also provides the criteria and procedures for regaining citizenship by citizens, by birth, who had lost their citizenship before the effective date of the constitution.
Assistant minister George Khaniri hailed the provision saying most Kenyans had been previously forced to take over citizenship of the countries where they are studying or migrated to for purposes of employment.
He said Kenyans can now reclaim citizenship without necessarily being forced to forfeit their foreign status.
Stateless persons for example the Nubians majority who reside in Kibera will also be able to acquire citizenship once the bill is enacted.
One can also acquire citizenship by marriage and lawful residence. The bill that received unanimous endorsement will now proceed to the committee of the whole house for scrutiny and amendments.
Parliament also this evening dispensed with the urban areas and cities bill. The bill that is key in the devolution process saw its debate dominated by calls to restructure the existing urban towns and cities.
MPs asked the Ministry of Local Government to strengthen its provisions to empower governors to clamp down on haphazard structures.
Lands Minister James Orengo said the new law will streamline management of urban areas and cities and strengthen the devolution process as well as ensure structured growth of towns and cities.
MPs welcomed the legislation saying it will empower residents to run their towns a preserve currently of the mayor and town clerk resulting to efficient service delivery.
Parliament is extending its sittings to conclude business scheduled on the order paper.
It will be concluding debate on the employment and labor relations, power of mercy and the environment and land court bill.
These bills will all be scrutinized at the committee of the whole house where proposed amendments will be considered before forwarding to the President for assent and gazettment.