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Kenya’s Population Increases to 47.6 Million

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According to the 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census results presented to President Uhuru Kenyatta today at State House Nairobi, the total population enumerated during the census exercise conducted in August this year was 47,564,296 persons. PHOTO|COURTESY|PPS

Kenya’s new population stands at 47,564,296 following the recent census exercise that was conducted in August.

The last census conducted in 2009 placed Kenya’s population at 37.7 million.

In the 2019 census report, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) listed 23,548,056 men and 24,014,716 women.

The intersex people who were counted for the first time were found to be 1,524.

The report was presented to President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi on Monday by KNBS Director General Zachary Mwangi.

“The population has grown to 47.6 million in 2019 from 37.7 million in 2009,” Mwangi said, “Females accounted for 50.5 percent of the total population.”

President Kenyatta said the census report will help the government re-align its development strategies with the new data.

“I am happy to note that this is the first census to be conducted under the new Constitution and was fully funded by my government. We employed the use of the new technology and the devices used were assembled locally,” he said and “directed all ministries, departments and all arms of government and development partners to utilise these results,” he said.

Average Household Size has declined to 3.9 in 2019 from 4.2 in 2009.

The 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census was the 8th to be conducted in Kenya and the first paperless, where Mobile technology was used during mapping and enumeration, in adherence to the UN recommendations for the 2020 round of censuses on adoption of use of technology.

The 2019 Census was conducted under the provisions of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 (Fourth Schedule Part 1 Item 11), the Statistics (Amendment) Act, 2019 and the Statistics (Census of Population) Order, 2018 – Legal Notice No. 205. The theme of the census was “Counting Our People for Sustainable Development and Devolution of Services”. This was in response to the demand for statistical information for implementation of Kenya’s development agenda such as the Big Four and Vision 2030 and other global initiatives including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The preparations for the 2019 census commenced in 2016 with Cartographic Mapping. Other preparatory activities undertaken included development of tools, pilot census, recruitment and training, and publicity and advocacy.

The enumeration was successfully conducted from 24th/25th to 31st August 2019 and a mop-up exercise carried out on 1st and 2nd of September 2019, to cover those not enumerated during the seven days. To ensure data quality, field supervision followed a three tier structure (Coordinators, ICT and Content Supervisors) to support real-time response to emerging issues.

The enumeration process was also monitored by independent observers drawn from the international community and national statistics offices across Africa. The collected data was encrypted and successfully transmitted to servers through a secure ICT infrastructure.

The data that was collected has undergone validation checks as guided by the UN Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics and the UN Handbook on Editing of Census Data.Download 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census Volume I: Population by County and Sub-County

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Nairobi Minority Whip Charged for Conning a Woman

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The Nairobi County Assembly Minority Whip Peter Imwatok has been charged for allegedly conning a woman in a fraudulent land sale transaction.
 
Appearing before Senior Principal Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot, at the Milimani Law Courts, Imwatok was charged with obtaining Ksh.2,190,000 from Fresky Jipchirchir Betty by falsely pretending that he was in a position to sell her a parcel of land — “a fact he knew to be false.”
 
Imwatok’s arraignment in court comes a few days after he claimed that his life was in danger and said cartel opposed to his anti-graft crusade were plotting to have him arrested on falsified charges.  
According to the charge sheet, the fraudulent deal involving a piece of land in Nairobi occurred between February 1, 2017 and October 31, 2017.
 
Imwatok was arraigned in court on Thursday, May 4th, 2020, who is also the Makongeni MCA, pleaded not guilty and was released on a cash bail of Ksh.200,000.
The case will be mentioned on July 8, 2020.
 
An arrest warrant that had been issued against the MCA for absconding court has since been lifted.

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President Kenyatta’s office Takes over Nairobi Metropolitan

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko
The newly-formed Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) has been added to the Executive Office of the President (EOP).
President Uhuru Kenyatta signed Executive Order No. 1 of 2020, listing the Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) Director General Major-General Abdalla Badi being under the Executive Office of the President (EOP).
The Executive Office of the President (EOP) is now officially tasked with implementation of the deed of transfer of functions executed between the National Government and Nairobi City County Government.
The order reads as follows:
“IN EXERCISE of the powers conferred by Article 132 (3) (b) of the Constitution, as read with all other enabling Laws, I, UHURU KENYATTA, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, order and direct:
“THAT the Government shall be organized as set out in this Order; (ii) THAT this Order contains portfolio responsibilities and changes made in the structure of Government; (iii) THAT this Order assigns functions and institutions among Ministries and State Departments; and (iv) THAT this Order supersedes Executive Order No. 1 of 2018 (Revised) issued in July 2018.”
The order also changes the title Presidency to Executive Office of the President.

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Kega Plotting Duale’s Removal as Majority Leader

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WATCH OUT: Kieni MP Kanini Kega
Kieni Member of Parliament (MP) Kanini Kega has been accused of being behind a plot to remove Garissa Township legislator Aden Duale as National Assembly Majority Leader.
 Duale alleged, the plot is being conducted behind the back of the Jubilee Party and its leader President Uhuru Kenyatta who spared him in the recent purge against perceived rebels.
 The Garissa Township MP accused Kega of using uncouth means such as extortion, threats and blackmail.
 “He is notoriously known for being the king of extortion who thrives in threats and blackmail. He has perfected the art of extortion so well that all he does is to purport to collect signatures only for him thereafter to solicit for favors from myself and my friends as a bait for withdrawal of signatures,” said Duale.
 Duale, in a statement released on Wednesday, May 3rd, said Kega is purporting to collect signatures from other legislators for his removal contrary to the National Assembly Standing Orders.
 “The National Assembly Standing Order 19 is clear on the process for removal of a Majority Leader which is by a majority of votes of all Members of the Majority Party in a Parliamentary Group chaired by the Party Leader and the decision thereafter is communicated by the Majority Whip to the Speaker. There is no place for collection of signatures.”

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