Governor Ali Roba in court to challenge 2019 census results for Mandera County


Mandera Governor Ali Roba
File Photo of Mandera Governor Ali Roba.

In Summary

  • According to Roba, the census results published by KNBS did not reflect the true and correct enumerated population of Mandera East, Mandera West, Lafey, Mandera North and Mandera South sub-counties.

Mandera Governor Ali Roba has now filed a case challenging the 2019 census results for the county citing huge variance in published data.

According to Roba, the census results published by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) did not reflect the true and correct enumerated population of Mandera East, Mandera West, Lafey, Mandera North and Mandera South sub-counties.

The Governor, in court papers filed on Thursday by lawyer Mansur Muathe Issa, stated that the actual enumerated results as opposed to the figures published by KNBS were as listed below:

  • Mandera West – Actual Enumerated Population (318,146), KNBS Figures (98,300), Variance (-219,846)
  • Banisa – Actual Enumerated Population (315,144), KNBS Figures (152,598), Variance (-162,546)
  • Mandera South – Actual Enumerated Population (416,384), KNBS Figures (229,614), Variance (-186,770)
  • Lafey – Actual Enumerated Population (205,434), KNBS Figures (83,457), Variance (-121,977)
  • Mandera East – Actual Enumerated Population (279,599), KNBS Figures (159,638), Variance (-119,961)
  • Mandera North – Actual Enumerated Population (238,041), KNBS Figures (143,850), Variance (-94,191)
  • Total – Actual Enumerated Population (1,772,708), KNBS Figures (867,457), Variance (-905,291)

Governor Roba is now accusing KNBS of failing to verify the transmitted results, further seeking conservatory orders stopping the respondents from using the published results until the matter is heard and determined.

He also lamented that KNBS has since published its recommendations relying on the impugned census report to the National Assembly for the purposes of revenue sharing.

“The census figures are used for planning by the national government and in the long-term planning for the determination of allocation of resources for health, education and infrastructure therefore the use of incorrect data will prejudice the petitioner who has historically been marginalized,” read court papers.

“It is therefore urgent that conservatory orders be granted to safe guard the fundamental rights of the residents of the petitioner.”

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