Stateless Pemba now plead for Kenyan citizenship

Published: 26/Aug/2019
Source: The Standard (Nairobi)

By Patrick Beja

More than 2,000 stateless members of the Pemba community living in Kilifi County want to be registered as Kenyans.

The Pemba, who are traditionally fishermen from Pemba island of Zanzibar in Tanzania, claim they came to Kenya before the Second World War. They don’t have ID cards and birth certificates and it is difficult for them to get crucial government services or engage in contracts. Some Pemba people live in Mombasa and Kwale.

On Saturday, Kilifi County Pemba community chairman Shaame Hassan said their children were unable to register for national exams due to lack of birth certificates.

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Themes: Birth Registration, ID Documents and Passports, Statelessness
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2019