Kenya: MPs Want Nubians Recognized as a Tribe in Kenya

Published: 10/Oct/2021

By John Wanjohi

The National Assembly’s Administration and National Security Committee has endorsed a petition seeking to have the Nubian community recognized as a tribe in Kenya.

The committee directed Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to commence the process of recognizing Nubians as a tribe within three months.

Although the government recognizes members of the community as Kenyans, they are classified as “other Kenyans.”

In its petition, the Nubian community cited discrimination in the issuance of national identity cards as the main reason why they want to be recognized as a tribe.

The House team further wants Matiang’i to issue guidelines to ensure that the vetting of Nubians applying for IDs is done in a transparent and non-discriminatory manner.

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Themes: Discrimination, Ethnic/Racial/Religious, Birth Registration, ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2021