Kenya: End statelessness as Ruto gives citizenship to Pemba community

Published: 28/Jul/2023
Source: The Star (Nairobi)

By Maureen Kinyanjui

Close to 100,000 Pemba community members will from today (Friday) identify themselves as Kenyan citizens.

President William Ruto who is in Kilifi will issue citizenship award to the community at Karisa Maitha Stadium.

The community members have been living in Kenya for decades with no document to prove their citizenship;  100,000  members but only 7, 123 are registered. The rest hid their identities for lacking citizenship.

A larger population of the community is found along the coastal strip with the majority living in Kwale, followed by Kilifi and Mombasa. Others are found in Nakuru, Homa Bay and Kisumu.

In Kwale they are mainly concentrated in the small villages of Kichakamkwaju, Shimoni, Gazi, Vanga, and Mangwei.

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Themes: Naturalisation and Marriage, Statelessness
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2023