The Nubians community now wants the government to expedite the process of recognizing them as one of the tribes in Kenya following a greenlight given in a report by the National Assembly Security Committee.
Nubians Right Forum Chief Executive Officer Shaffi Ali says that they have been patient enough and nothing seems to be forthcoming.
According to Shaffi their community members are subjected to vetting before being issued with an ID and so many have also missed opportunities due to segregation occasioned by non-recognition.
‘‘We the Nubian Rights Forum are calling on his excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta to speed up the process on recognition of the Nubian Community in Kenya. We petition the National Assembly through our honourable Imran Okoth on 9th June 2021, when the matter was tabled before the house, Pursuant to the provision of standing order 227(1) to the departmental committee for administration and national security for consideration and reporting,’’ Shaffi said in a statement.
“We are the bonified citizens of the republic of Kenya, have been contentiously facing discrimination regarding the legitimacy of our citizenry, which commenced when the British government failed to legitimize the Nubian community existence as a community. The committee responded to our petition and gave the CS of the ministry of interior and coordination of the national government 90 days to come up with procedures and give Nubian community a full recognition, the 90 days elapsed on 21st of February 2022 in vain,’’ he added.
He has called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to come on their rescue.
Nubians first set foot in Kenya in 1817 through Sudan.
We are calling on his excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta to expedite the full recognition of the Nubian community like any other tribes in Kenya, Nubians have been existing in Kenya since 1817, Nubians are the first army ever in Kenya as a subject of kings Africans rifles, the failure of the British government shall not cost the lives of the Nubian community, We will be calling for a peaceful demonstration to his excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta in the next 30 days,’’ Shaffi added.
By Allan Otieno