DOUBLE THE JOY: Goonellabah twins Mbatha, left, and Anthony Nguta, 19, from Kenya, celebrate becoming Australian citizens
DOUBLE THE JOY: Goonellabah twins Mbatha, left, and Anthony Nguta, 19, from Kenya, celebrate becoming Australian citizens

New citizens decide to call Australia home

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL

KENYAN-BORN twins Anthony and Andrew Nguta are very differ- ent, but their huge smiles were identical when they became citizens of their new home on Australia Day.

The 19-year-old Goonellabah men re- ceived their citizen- ship certificates dur- ing Lismore's Australia Day celebra- tions, but only Antho- ny was able to attend the ceremony.

His brother An- drew, who became se- verely brain damaged after being oxygen-de- prived at birth, was presented with his certificate as he sat in a car parked near the Lismore City Hall.

His stepfather, Lars Norberg, said Andrew did not cope well in large crowds, but was just as happy as Anthony to eventu- ally receive his citi- zenship.

"Andrew goes to Wilson Park Public School and he likes it a lot," Mr Norberg said.

"He loves Aust- ralia and his school. They have a lot of good programs there for people with disa- bilities, and he fits in well."

Anthony, who will complete Year 12 at Kadina High School this year, said he planned to live in Australia for the rest of his life.

"I love it. I like the women and the parties and I've made a lot of friends," he said. "On my first day at Kadina High everyone was great and made me feel re- ally welcome."

The twins, who have lived in Goonell- abah for the past two years, were content to give up their Ke- nyan citizenship to become naturalised Australians.

The Kenyan Gov- ernment does not al- low dual-citizenship, but Anthony said he planned to go back to the country to visit next year.

"I left a lot of friends and family be- hind," he said.

"But I don't mind living here and going over there for holi- days."

The Ngutas moved to Australia to be with their mother, Maggie Mutisya, and her partner, Mr Nor- berg.

The couple met while studying in In- dia, and came to the Northern Rivers to be close to Mr Norberg's family, who lived at Ballina.



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