Author Archives for Bronwen Manby

Kenya: Risks in transforming the national identification system to a digital ID system

August 6, 2021 5:29 pm Published by Comments Off on Kenya: Risks in transforming the national identification system to a digital ID system

Grace Mutung’u discusses Kenya’s digital ID scheme, Huduma Namba, and the challenges of access and inclusion for marginalised communities. She questions whether it is genuinely revolutionising government services. I recently encountered a young man who was travelling to Nyeri, a…


South Africa: DA notes High Court ruling on loss of citizenship

August 6, 2021 3:59 pm Published by Comments Off on South Africa: DA notes High Court ruling on loss of citizenship

Issued by Dr Rory Jubber & Adrian Roos MP – The DA notes the judgment handed down by the North Gauteng High Court today which is a blow to thousands of South Africans who have lost their citizenship without their…


South Africa: Home Affairs to renew Angolan Special Permit as deadline looms

August 6, 2021 1:59 pm Published by Comments Off on South Africa: Home Affairs to renew Angolan Special Permit as deadline looms

Online application at the Visa Facilitation Services expected to start on 16 August and could take eight weeks to process By Tariro Washinyira The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) on Thursday invited about 5,000 qualifying Angolan nationals to apply for…


South Africa: This Is Home – Georgiana

August 6, 2021 1:06 pm Published by Comments Off on South Africa: This Is Home – Georgiana

At age eighteen Georgiana was removed from her mother’s refugee file, a process called de-linking. She had to make her own asylum seeker application which is currently being reviewed by the Standing Committee of Refugee Affairs (SCRA). De-linking strips young…


Tanzania: Mulamula speaks out on dual citizenship

August 6, 2021 8:32 am Published by Comments Off on Tanzania: Mulamula speaks out on dual citizenship

By Rosemary Mirondo Dar es Salaam. The question of dual citizenship remains a thorny subject in Tanzania, with the official stand remaining that it is not allowed in the country. During an exclusive interview with Mwananchi Communications Limited (MCL) yesterday,…


Loi Tshiani en RDC : pourquoi Félix Tshisekedi temporise

August 3, 2021 12:36 pm Published by Comments Off on Loi Tshiani en RDC : pourquoi Félix Tshisekedi temporise

Le chef de l’État ne s’est pas encore prononcé publiquement sur la proposition de réforme de Noël Tshiani, qui fait polémique depuis plusieurs semaines. Mais il a fait passer un discret message au président de l’Assemblée nationale, Christophe Mboso… La…


Top highlights of the new law on Rwandan nationality

August 2, 2021 9:24 am Published by Comments Off on Top highlights of the new law on Rwandan nationality

By Collins Mwai Last week, the much-awaited Organic Law governing Rwandan nationality was gazetted outlining procedures and requirements for acquisition and application of Rwandan nationality. Below are top highlights of the new law especially on acquiring citizenship. 1. Ways one…


Statelessness: The Zimbabwean Diaspora Population’s Challenge

July 30, 2021 6:24 pm Published by Comments Off on Statelessness: The Zimbabwean Diaspora Population’s Challenge

Failure by Zimbabwean citizens in the diaspora to obtain birth certificates and national identity documents is depriving their children of the enjoyment of full rights and privileges, rendering them stateless. The impact of such statelessness is that the concerned children…


South Sudanese refugees in Khartoum are still in limbo

July 30, 2021 4:56 pm Published by Comments Off on South Sudanese refugees in Khartoum are still in limbo

By Rawan Kara Even though she has lived in a displacement camp for the past five years with little food and water, 68-year-old Apuk Bak remains selfless. She is a mother, a grandmother and a women’s leader in the South…


Shona Kenya’s newest tribe as 1,649 granted citizenship

July 30, 2021 4:19 pm Published by Comments Off on Shona Kenya’s newest tribe as 1,649 granted citizenship

By Mercy Chelangat & Mercy Simiyu This is after 1,649 members of the community, who had been stateless, were presented with citizenship certificates. Speaking during the ceremony on Wednesday, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said all stateless people who are…