Stateless people demand citizenship from the Kenyan Government

Published: 11/Oct/2016
Source: The Standard (Nairobi)
By Tobias Chanji
Over 1,000 representatives of people without State recognition have embarked on a mission to demand citizenship from the Government. The representatives are trekking to Nairobi to seek audience with President Uhuru Kenyatta to discuss their citizenship status. Several people in the county including the Makonde, who trace their roots to Mozambique; Wapemba, originally from Pemba in the Indian Ocean in Tanzania, and Warundi of Burundi have lived in the county in impoverished conditions as descendants of migrant workers who came to Kenya during the colonial era. Some of them were fleeing civil war in their countries of origin in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Most lack any papers to confirm their ancestry, and any other claim to Kenyan citizenship.
Themes: Statelessness
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2016