Shona Celebrate Kenyan Citizenship as Decades of Closed Legal Doors Open

Published: 31/Dec/2020
Source: Voice of America

By Brenda Mulinya

NAIROBI – Members of the ethnic Shona community in Kenya are celebrating their new status as Kenyan citizens after decades of being stateless.

Nazizi Dube gazes at what is now her most prized possession – a document declaring her a citizen of Kenya.

Dube is one of almost 1,700 ethnic Shona, and 1,300 ethnic Rwandans, who gained legal status this month after decades of being stateless.

On December 12th, as Kenya marked its 57th independence anniversary, Nazizi, and other members of the Shona community in Kenya were recognized as citizens, following a decree by the country’s President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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Themes: Discrimination, Ethnic/Racial/Religious, Naturalisation and Marriage, Statelessness
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2020, 2021