Tanzania: Former Country Director of NGO Stateless

Published: 12/Sep/2016
Source: The Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

Musoma — Former Country Director of Ped World Organisation Anudo Ochieng’ Anudo is stranded at no-man’s land on the Tanzania-Kenya border at Sirari. Mr Anudo insists he was born of Tanzanian parents and lived and worked in Manyara Region for years before he fell out with immigration officials.

Mr Anudo who worked for the German based NGO is technically stateless, with Tanzania immigration authorities maintaining he is a foreigner while their Kenyan counterparts say they have no records to prove he is a citizen of that country.

A few days after Mr Anudo was evicted from Tanzania, his case took a dramatic twist when Kenyan immigration officials also ordered him out of the country. Mr Anudo maintains his predicament began when he was arrested in Babati and dumped at the Namanga border, finding himself homeless at Sirari after an appearance in a Kenyan court that ordered his repatriation.

Efforts by his parents who live in Mara Region to have him back have proven fruitless. His citizenship controversy started in November 2011 when he was called by Manyara District Administrative Secretary (DAS) invited him to discuss certain issues.

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Themes: Apatridie, Perte et déchéance de la nationalité
Regions: Tanzanie, Afrique de l'Est
Year: 2016