Monday, July 24, 2017

Kenyans of Indian descent now recognized as 44th tribe...

Kenya said Saturday it had granted formal recognition to citizens of Indo-Pakistani origin, with President Uhuru Kenyatta making them a 44th tribe.

"I do hereby recognise, proclaim and order, 1. That Kenyans of Asian Heritage constitute a Community that is one of the Tribes of Kenya; 2. That from now henceforth the Community of Kenyans of Asian Heritage are Kenya's 44th Tribe," declared Kenyatta in a proclamation which appeared in the official presidential journal made public on Saturday.

The term "Asian community" in Kenya generally designates those of Indo-Pakistani origin who made their homes in the country from the late 19th Century as the then British colonial power was constructing a first railway link from the port of Mombasa to Kampala in Uganda.

According to Kenya's most recent census of 2009, the South Asian community numbers some 46,000 people. Estimates suggest there are a further 35,000 in the country who do not have citizenship. Full story...

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