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Rastafarians want recognition as minority group

In Summary

  • Rastafarians are today commemorating the 91st anniversary of Emperor Haile Selassie I coronation.
  • Concurrently, they are petitioning to be recognised as a minority group and included in national affairs.

As Rastafarians commemorate the crowning of Ethiopia’s Emperor Haile Selassie I today, they are now petitioning for inclusion in national matters.

Ras Tafari Makonnen was crowned as Emperor Haile Selassie I and his wife Menen Asfaw empress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on November 2, 1930.

Rastafarians celebrate the 91st anniversary of this Coronation Day.

Chairman of the Rastafarians Society of Kenya Ras Lojuron Jaden says they will converge at the Utawala Tabernacle, where they will engage in prayers to invoke the spirit of ancestors.

Rastafarian Rights

Concurrently, they have petitioned to be recognised as a minority in group in Kenya. Jaden says their religion should be accorded equal treatment as any other.

“Rastafari can serve as a governor, senator, teacher, engineer. Rastafari can serve in all angles of life as far as humanity is concerned. The time of judging one another based on discriminatory philosophy is over,” Jaden added.

The moves comes two years after High Court ruled that the movement is a religion just like any other.

It stemmed from a case where a man moved to court to challenge a school’s directive to send his daughter away from secondary school because of dreadlocks.


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