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Stop Marginalising us, we Are Kenyans," Nubians Plead With Matiangi

 The Nubian community in Nairobi is up in arms with the government over allegedly being marginalized in the provision of vital service delivery in the country.

Speaking during the Nubian rights Forum in Makina in Kibra , representatives of the community berated the state over what they described as shirking its duties to ensure that there is a level playing ground in the provision of essential services.

The representatives particularly noted with concern that there is open bias including registration to acquire a national identification card.

In a nutshell, they said that Nubians are citizens of Kenya and that such partiality ought not to be happening over 50 years since the country attained independence.

“Over fifty years since Kenya attained independence, the Nubian community is still fighting for recognition as citizens in their country. There are multiple challenges the community faces for being treated as an alien while in their own country,” said chairperson Nubian Rights Forum Shaffi Ali.

The officials reiterated their complaints in regards to the alleged apathy towards getting fundamental identification documents and have urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to address their plight.

“Assessing fundamental identification documents in the country have been a primary challenge and there have been a trickle of consequential occurrences as a result. We are therefore calling on his Excellency, President Kenyatta to use his executive powers to award the Nubian Community the recognition they deserve as citizens,” he added.

Ali said most of the young people drawn from the Nubian community have been denied a chance to join the recently launched kazi mtaani programme.



“Crime has really gone up. Our young people don’t have jobs and anytime they apply they are then denied the opportunities under flimsy grounds. We are Kenyans and it should not be a privilege for us to enjoy living in Kenya but a right,” he added.


 

 

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