KNBS maintains 2019 census data credible, dismisses politicians alleging count rigged

KNBS maintains 2019 census data credible, dismisses politicians alleging count rigged

Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) Director General Zachary Mwangi has defended the credibility of the 2019 census results released on Monday, even as leaders from various regions questioned its credibility.

Mwangi explained, during a media briefing on Thursday, the agency counted people where they found them on the census night, not based on the regions, counties or constituencies they come from.

Elected leaders from Tharaka Nithi, North Rift and North Eastern counties have so far rejected the census results claiming they are not a true reflection of the ground, vowing to move to court to challenge them.

Mwangi said he will be engaging with the leaders to explain to them how the results came about, adding that population growth or decline is determined by fertility, mortality and migration.

By Lucy Kimani

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