Kenya: Stateless Makonde in Four-Day March to State House to Meet Uhuru in Search of Citizenship

Published: 11/Oct/2016
Source: The Nation (Nairobi)

More than 300 stateless members of the Makonde community living in Kwale County and whose origin is Mozambique, Monday started a four-day journey to State House, Nairobi, hoping to meet President Uhuru Kenyatta in their quest for Kenyan citizenship.

Dubbed “Trekking against Statelessness,” the procession which also included communities from Pemba Island, Burundi and Rwanda who say they came to Kenya in 1967, started their journey at Makongeni in Ukunda.

Supported by human rights activists led by executive director of the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) George Kegoro, the group said they represented 10,000 stateless people in the county.However, their journey which involved walking and riding on 10 buses, was halted for hours as they were intercepted by Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa and a contingent of police officers.

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Themes: Naturalisation and Marriage, Statelessness
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2016