Kakamega residents, stunned by the 2019 National Census report, say: “It’s either that we are not dying or giving birth or the whole thing is entirely null.”
This was the reaction of the local residents, a few hours after the unveiling of the report and presentation to President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi.
The dissatisfaction of a whole lot of Kenyans is also evident the outcries in Nyeri, Meru, Kakamega and Tharaka Nithi counties. The local leaders and residents were grumbling just a few hours after President Kenyatta congratulated the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics for work well done.
The Luhyia community has been believed to be the second most populous ethnic group in Kenya, but the report shows it has dropped into the fourth position.
Kakamega’s population was 1.8 million 10 years ago, and surprisingly, it is still the same number contained in the new report.
More people, more houses and fast-growing businesses are evident everywhere in county and it is obvious they are indicators of a fast-growing population, contrary to the report’s revelations.
“It is either that the government conducted a quality and efficient exercise or it wasted money on the count,” an angry Kakamega resident said.
Similar complaints where heard in other counties, where the actual demographics were allegedly not truly reflected in the new report.
In Tharaka Nithi County, for instance, it was recorded that the adults are more than the children, which the residents found ironical, as it should have been the other way round.