Elect Uhuru in 2017, JP tells Makon­des

Fi­nally, they’ll be Kenyan cit­i­zens. Reg­is­tra­tion, is­suance of ID cards be­gin

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast - AL­LOYS MUSYOKA @k2­musyoka

The Ju­bilee Party on Tues­day urged the state­less peo­ple now be­ing reg­is­tered to get iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cards in Kwale and Kil­ifi to vote for Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta next year.

The leaders took ad­van­tage of the reg­is­tra­tion and ID is­suance to the state­less peo­ple in Kwale to cam­paign for Uhuru’s re­elec­tion.

The state­less peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to Makonde com­mu­nity chair­man Thomas Nguli, are be­tween 10,000 and 15,000.

In­te­rior CS Joseph Nkaissery, who on Tues­day launched the reg­is­tra­tion, said their votes should go to Ju­bilee.

He said those from Mozam­bique, Tan­za­nia and Rwanda will by Novem- ber 10 have their ID cards and en­joy cit­i­zen­ship and other ben­e­fits like other Kenyans.

“You must be pa­tri­otic and loyal to your coun­try now that you are be­com­ing Kenyan cit­i­zens,” Nkaissery said in Mvin­deni Good Shep­herd Catholic Church grounds, Msamb­weni.

“Our officers will be in Kwale for 15 days and 3 days in Kil­ifi to reg­is­ter other state­less peo­ple.”

About 22,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to get ID cards in Kwale dur­ing the two-week ex­er­cise. They in­clude the state­less peo­ple. Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta re­cently or­dered that they be given ID cards by De­cem­ber.

The CS took is­sue with the op­po­si­tion, say­ing they have con­tin­ued to in­cite Coast res­i­dents against the government over the land is­sue. He said its leaders did noth­ing when they were in power to ar­rest those claimed to have grabbed land.

“They were Prime Min­is­ter and Vice Pres­i­dent. Why didn’t they solve the land is­sues? If it were me who grabbed land, they should tell peo­ple, in­stead of in­cit­ing them,” Nkaissery said.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Kenya

© PressReader. All rights reserved.