President Uhuru Kenyatta adopts Makonde community as Kenya’s 43rd tribe
14 October 2016, 10:07
Nairobi - The Makonde community has something to smile about after President Uhuru Kenyatta okayed their citizenship, officially becoming Kenya’s 43rd tribe.
Speaking in State House Nairobi Thursday, the President ordered the immediate issue of title deeds to the Makonde, and apologized on behalf of past regime who denied them identity cards.
Uhuru ordered that the community members, who have lived without identity since 1947, be issued with identity cards by December this year.
This was after a meeting with a delegation of 300 Makonde representatives trekked all the way from Kwale to seek audience with the head of state.
Makonde came from Northern Mozambique during the colonial era, and have been living as stateless citizens in Kwale, Kilifi and Taita Taveta as stateless citizens.
I apologise on behalf of this and previous govts that it took this long to to consider you as our brothers and sisters," Uhuru said.
The head of state also ordered that all land owners among the Makonde be issued with title deeds.
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