Kenya: Makonde’s long trek from Kwale to Nairobi for citizenship

Published: 16/Oct/2016
Source: The Nation (Nairobi)

The Makonde people endured great difficulties in their trek from Kwale to Nairobi where they hoped to meet President Uhuru Kenyatta over delays in granting them Kenyan citizenship.

While the trekkers included the youth, a large number of them were elderly. The elders said they were prepared to die on the road if that was what it would take to leave a better future for their children.

Having set off from Makongeni village in Kwale County, where they were flagged off by county government officials, the trekkers found that Coast Regional Co-ordinator Nelson Marwa, with whom they had unsuccessfully sought audience, had set up a hall in Kombani, on the Likoni-Ukunda road, into which he ordered the police to herd the trekkers so that he could address them.

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Themes: Statelessness
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2016