Leaders threaten to sue in row over population results
Repeat exerciseMr Njuki, accompanied by three MPs - Maara’s Kareke Mbiuki, Tharaka’s Gitonga Murugara and Chuka's Patrick Munene - threatened to move to court on Monday to contest the data showing a county population of 393,177.
SEE ALSO :IEBC lays ground for boundary review“We are disappointed with the figures we have received. The rate of increase is inconsistent with what is obtained for the rest of the country. If the Cabinet Secretary for Planning and KNBS (Kenya National Bureau of Statistics) do not review the results, we shall be compelled to move to the High Court seeking orders to compel them to cancel the results and repeat the exercise,” Njuki said. On their part, Mr Kimemia and his Bungoma counterpart Wangamati vowed to challenge the results, claiming that they did not reflect the truth on the ground as there was no population growth indicated in the results. “We do not agree with the results, and that is why we are seeking to have an audience with the government agency. It cannot be true that Nyandarua had an increase of only 40,000 people in 10 years,” said Kimemia. Mr Wangamati noted that the region was ranked fifth in the last census, and wondered why it remained the same. "Our region is known to be one which has more population growth, and that is why we are wondering what happened. The government agency must come and shed light,” he said.
Call for probeThe governor said the 605,000 population figure that was released by KNBS was a falsified picture of Nyamira County, and that it was hurting the devolved unit's growth projections. "The wrong impression that the population of Nyamira grew by merely 7,000 people is misleading and it will be hurting to the county's development because, even on revenue allocation, we are afraid we may be marginalised," Nyagarama said. Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot and Bureti MP Kiptergech Mutai in separate interviews argued that Kericho residents were more than the 901,777 figures released by KNBS. “I do believe Kericho's population is way above the 901,777. All factors of growth standing, based on 2009 figures, we should be around 1.2 million,” said Mr Cheruiyot.
SEE ALSO :State sees new jobs amid slow economy“This was a professional exercise carried out using the latest technology and enumerators from the local community and also monitored by international observers. The enumerators counted people where they found them. There was no room for any manipulation as claimed,” he said.
More DataAccording to Mr Mwangi, KNBS will by January next year release other sets of the census data, including mortality rates, births, immigration, urbanisation trends, age groups and political unit-based statistics. “What we have released is the administrative units. We shall release the other details based on political units (wards and constituencies), age, urbanisation and immigrations so that Kenyans can analyse and understand the census results,” he said. Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, under whom the 2009 census was done when he was the Planning minister, said he expected his county's population to have slightly exceeded 2.1 million people going by projections from a decade agp. “This could be all about resource allocation; it must have been a major contributing factor. I don’t think the figures are real. The data might have been tampered with deliberately. I need to be told how a shortfall of 300,000 occurred in this county, yet the projections indicated a steady growth in population,” he said.
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