Makonde won’t be issued with national IDs at the moment, says registrar

Published: 12/Oct/2016
Source: The Nation (Nairobi)

In Summary

  • Makonde say they settled in Kenya in 1967.
  • Aggrey Masai, chief registrar of persons in charge of coast, says government “cannot just register people” and what it does must be legal.


A group that originated from Mozambique and now lives in Kwale will not be issued with national identity cards at the moment.

Coast regional registrar of persons Aggrey Masai told the Makonde, who maintain that they settled in Kenya in 1967, that they would first be issued with certificates of citizenship, usually given to foreigners.

“The government cannot just register people,” Mr Masai said in an interview with the Nation on Tuesday.

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Themes: Naturalisation and Marriage, Statelessness
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2016