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Nubian community allege discrimination

28 April 2016, 16:32 Zainabu Juma

Nairobi - Kisii County Commissioner Chege Mwangi has refuted claims by the Nubian Community that they were being discriminated against in the issuance of national Identity Cards.

Mwangi was responding to members of the community who had been up in arms against alleged grabbing of their land at Getembe area overlooking Kisii town’s CBD and discrimination in issuance of identification documents.

They claimed that their youths who attained the required age of acquiring IDs were being subjected to a rigorous vetting process leading to delays or sometimes denial of the vital document.

The community whose descendants migrated from Sudan in the last century decried encroachment and illegal possession of their land rendering them squatters.

They also claimed that the land set aside for construction of a health facility was grabbed by unknown private developers.

However, addressing residents in the newly created Kitutu Central Sub-County, Governor James Ongwae took up the IDs issue with the County Commissioner petitioning him to address the same.

The Governor   promised to send a group of surveyors soon with a view to establishing the genuine owners of the alleged grabbed land.

He announced that the National Land Commission officials were also expected to visit the community to listen to their alleged grievances.

Mwangi said there were over 10,000 IDs from his office and the local Huduma Centre that were yet to be collected.

He pledged to forward a list of the owners of the IDs to Assistant Chiefs for prompt tracing and collection.

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