President Uhuru finally issues the Makondes with IDs

President Uhuru Kenyatta issuing Identity Cards to the Makonde Community in Msambweni, Kwale County on February 1, 2017. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Kwale, KENYA: President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday issued national identity cards to more than 1,700 Makonde residents in Msambweni, Kwale County.

Addressing the public at the event, President Kenyatta said although it was late, the Makonde community deserved to have IDs so as enable them access different services in the country like any other Kenyan citizen.

President Kenyatta revealed that his government plans to build a Huduma centre around the area to enable the community around register for services like NHIF and get better health care services.

The head of state also added that youths from the Makonde community will be subjected to recruitment in different areas of the armed forces from this year.

He directed area governor Salim Mvurya to deal with issues of allocating land to the community and later on submit a report.

Makonde community chairman Thomas Nguli welcomed the move by the government, saying the document will enable them access different services which they were not able to access for a very long time.

Nguli asked the government to provide them with pieces of land and job opportunities to better their lives.

“From today, don’t get tired on fulfilling all the things you promised to do for us, we were born and raised here in Kwale, we have Duruma Makonde’s and Digo Makonde’s, they love us that’s why they supported us in this cry”, Said Nguli.

Kwale county governor Salim Mvurya said giving Id cards to Makonde community will make it easy for the county government to fund students from the community to pursue their education goals.

The Makondes staged a successful walk to State House Nairobi last year to protest being stateless despite living at the Kenyan coast for years.

The Makondes, are a small tribe that originated from Mozambique in the 1950s to work in the sisal farms along the coastal strip.