Muhemedi Salehe, who is originally from India, expressed great joy when he was granted Rwandan citizenship and decided to kneel down to praise God and honor Him.
This man is one of the 23 who were granted citizenship on Monday, September 4, 2023 in a ceremony held in Kicukiro District and was attended by various officials including the staff of the National Immigration Service.
It is not unusual for those who have been granted citizenship to be asked by the emotions that are visible to everyone, but for this man it is clear that the old man insisted on it while he was in the room where he took the oath.
As soon as he took the oath and was granted citizenship, he seemed to return to his seat, but first he humbled himself, knelt on the ground, and again looked at the sky and extended his hands in praise of God.
It is a sight to see such a person who is very happy to get Rwandan citizenship.
Usually when people are granted citizenship they first take an oath and this man was surprised when he read his oath written in Kinyarwanda.
The Executive Director of Kicukiro District, Antoine MUTSINZI told IGIHE that he saw the man who was overcome with emotions and talked to him for a moment and told him that he was in his heart and the reason for his kneeling.
He said, “According to what I saw and what we talked about, it was because Rwanda gave him citizenship and he thought it would take a long time. told me that he thought it would be difficult for him to get citizenship because there are other countries that do not give it to adults, but he was surprised that Rwanda gave it to him even so late.”
He continued, “Even though we spent a little time, this was because he knows that getting citizenship is difficult, but because Rwanda cares for everyone, he thought it was impossible to get it.”
This man was born in Rwanda in 1952 to parents who worked in business, he was born in Rwamagana District and grew up in Rwanda.
He was granted citizenship based on the fact that he married a Rwandan woman even though he was born in Rwanda.
Normally, in order for a person to apply for citizenship based on being born in Rwanda, it requires that his parents reside in Rwanda legally, so it was difficult for Muhemedi because it was not proven in reality.
Normally, the law stipulates 11 reasons for granting Rwandan citizenship, that is, non-origin.
They include being born on the soil of Rwanda, an adopted child, marriage, because of a mother who did not give birth to a child, national interest, special knowledge or talent, investment or large and lasting activities, living in Rwanda, dignity, immigration and statelessness.