Kenya to grant citizenship to 3,000 stateless people

Published: 14/Feb/2015
Source: World Bulletin

The Kenyan government will by March 2015 grant citizenship to at least 3,000 stateless people under a recent decree issued by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Registration of Makonde tribesmen, who originate from Mozambique, along with Pemba tribesmen from Zanzibar, officially began on Thursday in the coastal county of Kwale near the Kenya-Tanzania border.

“I am a happy man today. I have been liberated from slavery into freedom. Living without a national identity card is living as a slave,” Thomas Dwamkuu Nguli, a 55-year-old Makonde tribesman, told.Mswambweni Subcounty Assistant Commissioner Charles Ocharo told that local authorities planned to register members of the Makonde and Pemba tribes – in Kinondo, Kanana, Vanga and Lunga Lunga – over the next 15 days.

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Themes: Discrimination, Ethnic/Racial/Religious, Nationality and Refugees
Regions: East Africa, Kenya, Southern Africa, Mozambique
Year: 2015