Kwale, KENYA: The stateless Makonde community are on Monday next week expected to hold a peaceful procession from Makongeni, Kwale to State house Nairobi; in a bid to push the government to register them as Kenyan citizens.
Speaking to Baraka FM on Friday, the community Chairman Thomas Nguli said lack of IDs has denied them fundamental rights like voting just like other Kenyans.
“We want to walk and meet our president because we were promised to get national Ids for a long time and there is no hope, we want to deliver our message to Mr. President that we still exist and our agony of being without legal identification as citizens”, Said Mr Nguli.
The fate of the stateless people in Kwale County remains unknown as the deadline of having them being registered as Kenyan citizens passed late August, according to the Citizenship and immigration act 2011.
They are reported not to have been registered even after a task force was appointed by President Uhuru just after Kwale county assembly passed a motion of approving registration of the stateless community.
Kenya National Human Rights Commission KNHRC is among the organisations helping them to organize the walk dubbed “The Trekking against statelessness’.