Lonyangapuo dismisses census results, claims KNBS hid their people


West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo has joined leaders dismissing the 2019 National Census results.
He claimed the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KBNS) had hidden their people.
He said the population outcome in his county as ‘strange,’ saying the numbers are not adding up.
The county has the highest birth rate in the country with a fertility rate of 7.2 per cent.
Nearly each woman has seven to eight children, the governor reiterated.
Lonyangapuo they expected 830,000 and 1.2 million people in the county because it has been leading in high birth rate in the last eight years.
“We expected the numbers to be higher. Where did they hide our people? Who killed our people? And who is making our mothers not give birth?” the governor said.
Lonyangapuo reiterated that in 2009, Pokot North sub County had 156,011 people and that it was interesting to note that the results released in 2019 count indicated only 134,485 people.
“Does is means Pokot North women are barren or have refused to give birth for ten years and men are dry? Only few people have died,” said Lonyangapuo.
Lonyangapuo cited that North Pokot Sub County has more than 200,000 women and 60,000 children.
The report by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) indicated that West Pokot has a population of 621,241 people.
The county boss on Saturday attended the graduation ceremony at the West Pokot Teachers College after returning from the US.


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