3,000-4,000 STATE­LESS PEO­PLE

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

In April last year, Kwale regis­trar of per­sons Den­nis Mwanza said 1,570 peo­ple had been reg­is­tered in a drive that started in Fe­bru­ary. The gov­ern­ment es­ti­mates there are be­tween 3,000 to 4,000 state­less peo­ple in Kwale, whose data is be­ing col­lected. Makonde chair­man Thomas Nguli said the com­mu­nity ar­rived in Kenya from Mozam­bique through Tan­za­nia in 1936. Their par­ents were re­cruited by Euro­pean agents to work on sisal and sug­ar­cane plan­ta­tions. “They set­tled here and no one went back,” Nguli said.

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