The Makonde to get Kenyan citizenship

Published: 13/Oct/2016
Source: Africa Review (Nation Media Group) Kenya


Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta Thursday directed that all eligible Makonde people should be issued with national Identity Cards by December.

The President further ordered responsible government departments to ensure the eligible members of the community were issued with land title deeds.

The Makonde live in Kwale County at the coast, but originally came from Mozambique.

For decades

They have for decades been denied the Kenyan citizenship.

The President spoke when he hosted a delegation of 300 members of the community at State House, Nairobi.

“I seek your apology on behalf of other Kenyans because Kenya has taken too long to consider you as our brothers and sisters,” said the President.

He assured the delegation that Thursday would be the last day that anyone would say the Makonde were not part of the Kenyan nation.

Earlier in the day, President Kenyatta chaired a Cabinet meeting, which among other issues, adopted a directive to start giving citizenship to the Makonde

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