Source: The Standard (Nairobi)
By John Muthoni
A Tanzanian man has spent the last four years on the no man’s land located between Tanzania and Kenya as he fights against deportation. Anudo Anudo had his passport taken by the the Tanzanian government who then cancelled it, deleted it from the register and then deported him to Kenya.
In turn, Kenya expelled Mr Anudo and sent him back to Tanzania, but the authorities there blocked his re-entry. The stateless man has been living on no man’s land despite having acquired his Tanzanian citizenship by birth.
Last Friday, the African Court on Human and People’s Rights found the Tanzanian government illegally took away Anudo’s citizenship as he was born and raised in Masinono village, Babati district, Tanzania.
Despite the Tanzanian authorities’ argument that his name was more Kenyan than Tanzanian, the court found that his birthright could not be taken away.