Photo courtesy of UNHCR

Only read about in books of history as a community that has its roots in South Africa, the shona people is a Bantu speaking ethnic group that majorly occupy Zimbabwe. the community is believed to be stateless and after more than 50 years of inhabiting kenya, Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiangi granted the community a certificate of citizenship.

Matiangi directed all educational institutions in the East African country to allow admission to children from the Shona community who had problems accessing education due to being stateless. The Shona people arrived in Kenya in 1959 as missionaries when Kenya gained independence from the British in 1963. They were unable to prove their legal ties to their countries of origin as required by legislation governing the registration of births and citizenship in Kenya.

Kenya also announced it will give citizenship to the Sagaf community of Tana River, which will be the last batch of stateless people getting identity cards. In 2016, 1,496 members of the Makonde community living in Kwale County officially became Kenyans after the government granted them citizenship.

By Wycliffe Andabwa

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