[PHOTOS] Shona community receive citizenship certificates, IDs

Shona community has been in Kenya since 1959.

In Summary

• The community members have been issued with the Kenyan Identity Cards (IDs), an event that was presided by the Interior CS Fred Matiang’i.

• The Interior CS said he was happy for the progress that the government has made in the recognition of citizenship to the Shona.

Shona Community celebrates during a press conference to issue out National IDs and Certificate of registration for Kenyan Citizenship to them.
Shona Community celebrates during a press conference to issue out National IDs and Certificate of registration for Kenyan Citizenship to them.
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Members of the Shona community have finally been recognised as Kenyan citizens after years of pushing for recognition.

Interior CS Fred Matiang'i led the team in issuing Shona Community with IDs and certificate of recognition.
Interior CS Fred Matiang'i led the team in issuing Shona Community with IDs and certificate of recognition.
Image: MERCY MUMO

The community members have been issued with the Kenyan Identity Cards (IDs), an event that was presided by the Interior CS Fred Matiang’i.

Image: MERCY MUMO

The CS said that he was happy for the progress that the government has made in the recognition of citizenship to the Shona.

The certificates of recognition for the Shona Community members.
The certificates of recognition for the Shona Community members.
Image: MERCY MUMO

The event took place on Wednesday at Windsor Hotel in Kiambu County.

The Shona arrived in Kenya in 1959.

Shona Community members celebrate after being issued with IDs.
Shona Community members celebrate after being issued with IDs.
Image: MERCY MUMO

This follows the move by Kenya to recognize the community as part of Kenyans.

Shona Community members celebrate after being issued with IDs.
Shona Community members celebrate after being issued with IDs.
Image: MERCY MUMO

According to the UNHCR estimates that there are approximately 12 million stateless people in the world, with over 715,000 living in Africa.

Dorcus Philip, Loveness Thandiwe and Margret Musube display their IDs at Windsor Hotel Kiambu on July 28, 2021.
Dorcus Philip, Loveness Thandiwe and Margret Musube display their IDs at Windsor Hotel Kiambu on July 28, 2021.
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The government had earlier issued about 15,000 people from the Makonde Community with birth certificates and their identity was regularised following a 2016 Presidential directive.

This is the part of the government efforts to address statelessness in the country.