Trekking state­less com­mu­nity de­tained at Voi po­lice sta­tion for 2 hours en route to State House, Nairobi

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

Mem­bers of the state­less Makonde com­mu­nity head­ing to Nairobi to meet Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta were de­tained on Tues­day for two and a half hours at the Voi po­lice sta­tion.

Po­lice were said to have been act­ing on “orders from above”. The peo­ple said it was yet another at­tempt by Coast re­gional co­or­di­na­tor Nel­son Marwa to keep them from reach­ing State House, Nairobi.

Marwa’s ef­fort to block them in Kwale on Mon­day failed, as the more than 1,000 peo­ple left peace­fully.

Kenya Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion man­ager Diana Gichengo said the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the na­tional gov­ern­ment at the Coast have not been hon­est with the state­less peo­ple in their quest to get cit­i­zen­ship.

“From what we have en­coun­tered, gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives are the hur­dles, as they are asleep on the jobs,” she said on the phone.

The state­less com­mu­nity in­cludes the Makonde from Mozam­bique, Tan­za­nia’s Wapemba, Rwan­dese, Bu­run­di­ans and Nu­bians from Su­dan. Gichengo said the peo­ple have not bro­ken any law by trekking to Nairobi, but are ex­er­cis­ing their right.


KHRC CEO George Ke­goro, MCA Omar Boga and mem­bers of the Makonde com­mu­nity flag off the trek to State House, Nairobi, on Mon­day

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