Source: Bulawayo24 (Zimbabwe)
by Mandla Ndlovu
At least 4000 people of Shona origin living in Kenya have launched a bid to attain citizenship after their families have been residing in Kenya for close to 60 years and yet they have remained undocumented and stateless rendering them vulnerable to poverty.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is in an ongoing program of facilitating meeting between the Shonas and the Government in a hope of seeking a solution to their plight.
The first batch of 100 Shona community members arrived in Kenya to spread the Gospel and established The Gospel of God Church. They then settled in Nairobi in Central parts of Kenya. The Shona missionaries used British passports to travel since Zimbabwe and Kenya were under The British colony. In 1963 when Kenya gained its Independence the missionaries stayed put although they were no longer documented since there was no provision in the constitution to document them.