End to decades of uncertainty for Makonde as they get Kenyan IDs

Makonde spokesperson Thomas Nguli (left) speaks to some members of his community on January 30, 2017 at Makongeni in Kwale County as they prepared to get ID cards on Wednesday. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • 74-year-old Ms Besalisa Mchewa said she is waiting for the ID with enthusiasm and “it feels like I am being born again”.
  • She said that the villagers were constantly harassed and arrested by the colonial askaris for not having Kenyan IDs.
  • Mr Nguli said 470 members of the community will acquire the IDs which will subsequently allow them to register as voters.
  • He said he has had to register his phone number under the name of a friend.

There was excitement in Makongeni Village in Msambweni, Kwale County on Monday afternoon as more than 400 members of the Makonde community prepared to receive their first Kenyan national identity cards, documents they have yearned to have for decades.

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