The Kenya National Bureau of Statists (KNBS) released the 2019 census with data indicating that Kenyans are 47.6 million in number.
There is still a debate on the authenticity of the population numbers by KNBS with other sources saying that the numbers were supposed to be more than 52 million.
Some Kenyans still say that they were not counted during the last census, hence disputing the figures that were released by KNBS.
In Kenya, census are conducted every 10 years and they are meant to help the government in planning. For the politicians, however, it is not about planning but knowing how many votes they have now and in the future.
According to the 2019 census report, the number of Kikuyus in Kenya was at 8,148,668 followed by Luhyas at 6,823,842. The number of Kalenjis was at 6,358,113 while that of Luos was at 5,066,966.
The number of the Kamba and Kenyan Somali was at 4,663,910 and 2,780,502. The number of those from the Kisii community was at 2,703,235 while that of the Mijikenda was at 2,488,691.
The number of Meru and the Maasai was at 1,975,869 and 1,189,522.
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Despite the fact that Kenya’s population has been rising steadily, most provisions such as jobs and access to other basic needs have continued to reduce.
The unemployment rate stands at 43.5 percent although the government insists that the rate is below 15 percent. The largest number of unemployed consists of the youth, most of which have college/university education.
It is also not clear whether KNBS gave the correct figures given that other international organizations are putting the numbers at more than 52 million.
If the numbers presented are lower than the exact number, then the government will be budgeting and planning for a lesser number, a scenario that is likely to lead to overstretching of available resources.