Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i on July 22, 2017 presents a charter to Kenyans of Indian decent, recognising them as the 44th tribe in Kenya. PHOTO | ANTHONY OMUYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP
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.
The president's proclamation comes three weeks ahead of a General Election slated for August 8 as he seeks to win a second mandate at the expense of opposition rival Raila Odinga.