The Makonde people are finally celebrating their affirmation as full citizens of The Republic of Kenya. The celebration is meant to celebrate their journey over the decades in trying to be recognized as a tribe in Kenya.
They came to Kenya in 1947 from Mozambique to work at sisal farms and sugar plantations in Kwale, Kilifi and Taita Taveta
Their struggle came to an end last year after a group of 300 members of the community accompanied by human rights activists visited President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House persuading him to push for their recognition as Kenyan citizens.
The president later issued a directive to the relevant ministry that they be issued with Identity cards and title deeds
#MakondeKe has been trending on twitter and this is what people had to say:
#MakondeKE The journeyed was tough but we are now celebrating after defying all odds and sailing through the storm
welcome. y'all help us pay the Eurobond and other state debts. we are still waitn fr the 44th tribe. ama namna gani. #MakondeKE
It has taken over 50 years for them to be recognized as Kenyans officially.
Thanks to @UKenyatta
Today is the first day a Kenyan flag is hoisted at Makongeni In Kwale county. Home of #MakondeKE
A big step for Kenya in recognising the Makonde people. But we should not forget the history of marginalisation. #MakondeKE