Less than a month after the 2019 census results were released, questions are being raised over the data for northern Kenya. Ahmed Bashane, the MP of Tarbaj Constituency in Wajir County, has written to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) saying the published data was doctored to deny the region revenue allocation under the devolved system. According to the MP, the population numbers assigned to the region was "far from certain", and catalogues a number of irregularities. Results of the census showed that the population of Mandera, one of the three North Eastern counties, had declined compared to a decade earlier. The other counties in the region are Wajir and Garissa. Mr Bashane, in a detailed document listing the various irregularities, also accused KNBS of malice and discrimination. Bashane’s complaints come at a time when a new proposed revenue allocation formula based on the latest census results show that the three North Eastern counties lost billions after their population numbers were downgraded. The MP, however, wants the Commission of Revenue Allocation, which came up with the formula, the Senate, National Assembly, National Treasury, and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission not to use the 2019 population numbers until his case is determined.
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