Kenya has recognised Kenyans of South Asian descent, including Indian, as the country’s 44th tribe.

The decision was taken to promote “national cohesion and integration”, according to government.

Kenya has a population of 48.5 million. The last census, in 2009, showed that the country had 46,782 Kenyan Asians and 35,009 Asians without Kenyan citizenship.

The constitutional recognition as an official tribe of the nation will not technically make much difference as the group already enjoys citizenship rights and responsibilities as other Kenyans.

“No one should discriminate against you, intimidate you or exclude you unnecessarily from all the affairs of our nation,” acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i told at a ceremony, reported The East African.

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