Kenya National Bureau of Statistics defends 2019 Census findings

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics had defended the preliminary results of the 2019 national census that have been as not credible by a section of political leaders. KNBS Director-General, Zachary Mwangi has said the census results are factual, saying the bureau is ready to defend its findings.

The initial results of the much-awaited 2019 population census were released Monday, putting Kenya’s population stands at 47.6 million.

But a section of political leaders has since disputed the census’ findings in their areas of representation.

The Kenya National Bureau Of Statistics has now emerged to defend the outcome of this year’s census, which was the first digitally conducted census in Kenya’s history.

The statistics body has said it stands ready to defend its figures, saying the numbers reflect Kenyans who were in the country at the time of the count in august.

The census was conducted on the nights of August 24 and 25 and through to August 31.

The KNBS boss has however said the statistics bureau is open to dialogue with political leaders who are questioning the veracity of the population census.

The figures showed that Nairobi is Kenya’s most populous county, at nearly 4 point 4 million people, up from 3.13 million in 2009.

Other populous counties include Kiambu, Nakuru, Kakamega and Bungoma.

Lamu, Isiolo, Samburu, Tana River and Marsabit Counties emerged as the least populous counties.

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