Wajir, Garissa residents registered as ‘refugees’ sue in citizenship row

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Friday August 13 2021

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By SAM KIPLAGAT

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Abstract

  • Within the petition filed earlier than the Excessive Court, the 14,762 from Garissa and the 4,952 folks from Wajir need the government compelled to clear them from the database.
  • They acknowledged most of them had been registered as refugees or stumbled on themselves within the database when drought and hunger hit the counties.

End to 20,000 northern Kenya residents, who registered as asylum seekers to maintain the profit of providers and products offered to refugees, maintain sued the government seeking to be removed from the database and given national identification playing cards.

The Kenyans, who reside discontinuance to the refugee camps, had been registered as refugees as teenagers or had been set apart within the database to assemble admission to treatment and meals, which change into as soon as accessible to the refugees, during drought seasons.

Within the petition filed earlier than the Excessive Court, the 14,762 from Garissa and the 4,952 folks from Wajir need the government compelled to clear them from the database and given IDs.

“The victims of double registration had been denied so many political rights and economic entitlements are inaccessible to them for lack of their national IDs,” the petition stated.

They acknowledged most of them had been registered as refugees or stumbled on themselves within the database when drought and hunger hit the counties or terrible fogeys had did no longer maintain the almost about cater to their mountainous families. The oldsters had been ignorant of the long mosey repercussions on such teenagers.

Led by Hamdi Mohamed Muhumed, Sahal Abdi Amin and Haki Na Sheria Initiative, they’ve neglected out on formal employment, opening a monetary institution story, accessing trade premises, health providers and products and education after excessive college as a result of dearth of IDs.

They maintain got sued the government, United Nations Excessive Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and Commissioner for Refugee Affairs.

The petition says the government has subjected them to unfair vetting severally, which they’ve willingly cooperated however the IDs maintain no longer been impending. Doubtlessly the latest vetting, they claimed, change into as soon as conducted in 2019.

They are anxious that the government could well maybe maybe discontinuance the Daadab refugee camp and repatriate many of them to Somalia, yet they’re Kenyans.

“The respondents maintain failed and continue to fail to fulfil their responsibility in guaranteeing that each one Kenyans particularly from the marginalised communities in Garissa and Wajir counties maintain gather admission to to and like socio-economic rights and this compelled the fogeys from such areas to switch to the surrounding refugee camps and maintain their teenagers registered as refugees to maintain gather admission to to such rights,” the petition stated.

“To develop issues worse, underneath the proposed Nationwide Built-in Identity Management Machine it’s miles supplied that folks without the national identification playing cards shall no longer be issued with the Huduma card, but they shall assemble no longer maintain any option but they’ll be compelled to be registered as foreigners and issued with a foreigner’s Huduma card, which shall further shrink back them by rendering them stateless, yet stateless folks are no longer recognised within the guidelines.”

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