Kenyan Constitution: Chapter Three Articles 12 to 14
By Juma / February 24, 2018 | 12:30 am
- Every citizen is entitled to:
a) the rights, privileges and benefits of citizenship, subject to the limits provided or permitted by this Constitution; and
b) a Kenyan passport and any document of registration or identification issued by the State to citizens.
2. A passport or other document referred to in clause (1) (b) may be denied, suspended or confiscated only in accordance with an Act of Parliament that satisfies the criteria referred to in Article 24.
- Every person who was a citizen immediately before the effective date retains the same citizenship status as of that date.
- Citizenship may be acquired by birth or registration.
- Citizenship is not lost through marriage or the dissolution of marriage.
- A person is a citizen by birth if on the day of the person’s birth, whether or not the person is born in Kenya, either the mother or father of the person is a citizen.
- Clause (1) applies equally to a person born before the effective date, whether or not the person was born in Kenya, if either the mother or father of the person is or was a citizen.
- Parliament may enact legislation limiting the effect of clauses (1) and (2) on the descendants of Kenyan citizens who are born outside Kenya.
- A child found in Kenya who is, or appears to be, less than eight years of age, and whose nationality and parents are not known, is presumed to be a citizen by birth.
- A person who is a Kenyan citizen by birth and who has ceased to be a Kenyan citizen because the person acquired citizenship of another country, is entitled on application to regain Kenyan citizenship.
Read: Kenyan Constitution: Chapter Two, Articles 4 -11
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