Source: The Star (Nairobi)
by SHABAN OMAR
The burden of being non-citizens keeps on crushing the stateless communities in Kwale as they clamour for citizenship.
In Kwale, most stateless people are found in Vanga, Shimoni, Gazi, Mangwei, among other areas of Msambweni and Lunga Lunga subcounties.
Without citizenship, the stateless have no legal protection, right to property and cannot access government services like registration of birth, death or marriage certificates.
They also cannot access proper healthcare services, education and formal employment opportunities or get bank loans.
One such group is the Pembas, who arrived from Tanzania in the 1930s and in a second wave in the 1960s.