2,950 stateless Makonde registered, IDs out in December

Mazera Punda, a 78-year old Makonde community member, addresses journalists in Diani on August 30, 2016 which was the constitutional deadline for their registration. /ALLOYS MUSYOKA
Mazera Punda, a 78-year old Makonde community member, addresses journalists in Diani on August 30, 2016 which was the constitutional deadline for their registration. /ALLOYS MUSYOKA

The government has registered about 2,950 members of the Makonde community who will be issued with IDs by December.

The number registered on Tuesday includes 1,524 adults and 1,426 children.

Daniel Fundi, 110, thanked the government for recognising him, his two wives and eight children and other members of the community.

"It had been hard for me to use mobile services, especially M-Pesa. What I ask is for President Uhuru Kenyatta to issues us with land title deeds," he said.

Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery aid they must be issued with national identity cards to enable

security organs monitor them.

Reuben Kimotho,

Registration of Persons national director, said every citizen has a right to be issued with an ID.

But he noted several have not

been collected from government offices including Huduma centers.

The registration followed an order by Uhuru who also asked relevant authorities to ensure the land titles are issued.

A delegation of 300 members of the community

on October 10 to present a petition to the President at State House in Nairobi.

The Makonde community has been residing in Kwale county without citizenship.

The community is largely found in Coast region, having been recruited by the British colonial authorities from Northern Mozambique.

They came to Kenya in 1947 to work at sisal farms and sugar plantations in Kwale, Kilifi and Taita Taveta.

Uhuru on the government's behalf for delays in their registration.

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