Man 'abandoned in Kenya' pursues UK citizenship 57 years later

Thursday April 25 2019

Jimmy Whitehouse

Mr Jimmy Whitehouse, a 57-year-old herbalist in Mombasa County, during an interview with the Nation in Mombasa on his alleged right to UK citizenship. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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A man allegedly born to a former British police officer in 1962 is seeking United Kingdom citizenship over half a century later in a bid to claim his birth right.

Mr Jimmy Whitehouse 57, a herbalist in Mombasa County, claims he was the only son of the colonial era police officer who was based at Kapsabet Police Station.

In an interview with the Nation, Mr Whitehouse said his late father was born in 1932 and that his mother was a Luhya from Malaba.

He said he was the second born in a family of three children and that he was brought up at Ras Serani Drive near Mombasa Golf Club before his parents parted ways.

“I was born at Lady Grigg Maternity Hospital, now Coast Provincial General Hospital, on July 3, 1962. I grew up at the Salvation Army Children’s home after abandonment," he said.

"I attended Barnard Estate Primary School from 1969 to 1975 before proceeding to Dagoretti High School in Nairobi."

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