After 70 Years in Kenya, 500 Rwandans Appeal for Naturalisation

Published: 15/Feb/2017
Source: The New Times (Kigali)

Ancestors of an estimated 500 Rwandans were moved from Rwanda to Kenya by the British colonial administration in 1940s to work mostly in tea plantations in Kericho county and other parts of Kenya.

In 1945, the Rwandans were granted Kenyan citizenship and subsequently given Kenyan national identity cards, and later in 1975, the national identity cards were revoked and they were given three-month renewable “alien identification cards.”

This also applied to other foreign nationalities that came under the same arrangement. Efforts to regain their citizen status has since then proved futile.

Some of the Rwandans and their descendants on Sunday turned up at the Rwandan High Commission in Nairobi to find a way out of their limbo. They met the High Commissioner to Kenya, James Kimonyo, according to a statement from the Mission.

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Themes: Acquisition of nationality, Statelessness
Regions: Kenya, Rwanda
Year: 2017