Source: The Star (Nairobi)
by TRACY MUTINDA
Members of the Stateless Asians of Kenya Community were awarded Kenyan citizenship certificates on Thursday.
Fify-two Asians went home with their certificates as the government vowed to end statelessness.
In attendance during the award ceremony were Director of Immigration Alexander Muteshi, Head of stateless task force and Director Foreign national management directorate of immigration Eunice Lamba among others.
Muteshi said that being stateless is a major human rights issue, « because once you are stateless, it’s very difficult for you to be able to engage in any economic activity and its difficult for your family to access basic services. »
In July, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i announced the process to grant Kenyan citizenship to eligible but stateless persons in the country will be concluded before this year’s Jamhuri Day celebration.
The last of stateless people in the country who qualify for Kenyan citizenship will have their status regularized by December this year.