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Kenya’s Population Stands at 38.6 Million People.

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Kenya’s official population according to the latest tally released on Tuesday by Kenya’s planning and national development minister puts the population at 38.6 million people.

The country’s population increase by 10 million people since the last one in 1999 literally implies that one million Kenyans are born every year.

“Currently, Kenya is adding one million people yearly to its already high population,” the Minister said and added: “This high rate of population growth has adverse effects on spending on infrastructure, health, education, environment, water and other social and economic sectors.” Wycliffe Oparanya, Kenya’s minister for planning.

He said the trend of the population increase called for an immediate increase in education investments by the government to meet the demands of the growing school age population and the demand for future manpower.

In addition, he said, critical investment would be required in family planning services, health and other social and economic sectors to improve the welfare of Kenyans.

However this tally did not meet the expectations of all because results for eight districts in North Eastern and Turkana were canceled due to inconsistencies.

The districts include Lagdera, Wajir East, Mandera Central, Mandera East and Mandera West, all of which are in North Eastern Province which borders the lawless Somalia.

Other districts affected include Turkana Central, Turkana North and Turkana South near the Kakuma refugee camp.

“We expect the ratio of female male to be about 50:50 in some areas, but we were surprised the ratio was three times. There were more men than women, almost three times than women. So we thought something was wrong,” the Minister said.

He said the anomaly was discovered when statisticians analysed the ages of people in those areas to establish the difference between the results of 2009 and in 1999.

“We analysed ages of people and realised that the men were three times than the female, and you know those communities are polygamous, so we discovered that there was a serious problem,” he said.

The Minister also revealed to journalists that an investigation had been launched to establish the real cause of the anomaly to establish if people from another country had filled the gap or if enumerators had interfered with results from those areas.

“That is what we think but I have engaged the Provincial Administration and we are really going to investigate up to the household level, and if we find that someone was involved in falsifying the figures action will be taken,” he warned.

The sharp rise in the population of Somalis is due to a high birth rate.

The Immigration ministry said it was not due to the influx of refugees from war-torn Somalia, as advanced by experts.

Census results released by Planning Minister Wycliffe Oparanya show Kenyan Somali are the sixth most populous ethnic group with 2,385,572 people, behind the Kikuyu, Luhya, Kalenjin, Luo and Kamba.

North Eastern province’s population has risen almost three-fold, from 962,143 ten years ago to 2,310,757 last year.

The last census to be conducted in Kenya in 1999 showed that Kenya’s population stood at 28 million people.

News Report by Abdulaziz Billow
Abdulaziz Billow is AfrobeatRadio’s correspondent for East Africa.

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