Kenya: Matiang’i Secures Kenyan Citizenship for Stateless Student

Published: 28/Jul/2020

By Martin Siele

Nozisi Dube couldn’t hide her joy on Tuesday, July 28 after she was finally granted Kenyan citizenship by the Ministry of Interior.

A member of the stateless Shona community which has existed in Kenya for more than 50 years without recognition from the government, 20-year old Nozisi had missed out on innumerable opportunities in life due to her status.

Most recently, she was unable to join the University of Nairobi (UoN) in pursuit of her dream of studying economics, as she lacked basic documentation such as a birth certificate, identification card or passport.

Her story was shared by renowned economist David Ndii after a chance meeting with the young girl on Monday, July 6, as she sought the help of civil society actors to secure the required documentation.

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Themes: Naturalisation and Marriage, Statelessness
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2020