Over 18,000 stateless Somalis denied IDs – Duale

Kenya interior ministry is accused of neglecting over 18,500 Somalis in Garissa and Wajir counties who need to get Kenya’s identification documents.

Speaker Ng to the media, former leader of Majority Aden Duale asked the country’s Interior minister
Fred Matiang’i to explain stateless youths in those counties are yet to get identification cards.

These people who Kenyan Somalis initially registered with the UNHCR as refugees before they were delisted.

The Garissa Township MP says Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i should provide a report of the task force formed to chart a plan for issuing the lot with IDs.

In 2017, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Interior ministry to develop a framework to oversee the registration.

The President, who was responding to pleas by Northeastern leaders, acknowledged “it was not a favour to issue the locals with IDs but a right for every eligible Kenyan.”

The task force was formed in August last year to develop a procedure of vetting, verification and eligibility criteria for the stateless Kenyans.

The affected individuals were to present their parents’ citizenship documentation, information the task force checked with local elders, chiefs and government agencies.

At least 3,000 youths were found to be eligible for ID listing in Garissa Township, 1,300 in Lagdera, 2,000 in Ijara, 2,300 in Fafi, 6,200 in Daadab and 3,500 in Wajir South.

“The verification was conducted but since then nothing has come out of it,” Duale said.


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