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Joy as a Community From Zimbabwe Votes in Kenya for the First Time After Decades of Statelessness

As Kenyans braved chilly morning across the country to exercise their Democratic rights, one community whose roots is from Zimbabwe could not hide their joy as they voted for the first time in Kenya.

Members of the Shona community flocked at Kinoo Vocational Training Centre to cast their votes for the first time after years of statelessness in Kenya.

Expressing their joy, the members said that they now felt like true Kenyans after decades of fighting for recognition after being given a chance to vote in a foreign soil.

During the 57th Jamhuri day celebrations,2020, President Uhuru Kenyatta gave the Shona community the rights to enjoy all privileges a Kenyan citizens enjoyed.

The community whose roots can be traced from Zimbabwe is said to have arrived in Kenya as Christian missionaries in the 1960s. They carried British passports and were registered as British subjects.

It is alleged that after Kenya got its independence, they were requested to register as Kenyans within two years but unfortunately missed the opportunity rendering them stateless as they were also no longer resident in their countries of birth hence not able to register there.

President Uhuru granted citizenship to about 1,670 stateless Shona and 1,300 stateless persons of Rwandan descent who qualified under the law as Kenyan citizens.

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