The cabinet of President Uhuru Kenyatta, in a special sitting today that was chaired by the head of state and attended by Deputy President Dr William Ruto, has banned the adoption of children by foreign nationals, State House has announced in a post on Twitter.

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"Cabinet has today announced an immediate ban on adoption of children by foreign nationals, " the State House tweet read.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection was directed to develop a policy to regulate the adoptions by foreign nationals and the operations of the Child Welfare Society of Kenya.

"A special Cabinet meeting at State House, Nairobi chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta and attended by Deputy President William Ruto also directed the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection to formulate a new policy document to regulate the adoption of children by foreign nationals in Kenya.

"The meeting also directed the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection to streamline operations of the Child Welfare Society of Kenya and those of children homes in the country, " a statement on the presidential website read.

It is hoped that the policy will go along way in ensuring that those who intend to adopt children are properly vetted and meet a certain criteria to avoid abuse of the adoption process

The special sitting also approved over 6 billion shillings to be pumped into the development of the Inland Port Deport.