Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wanagamti has joined other leaders who have faulted the 2019 census results. The Governor has dispelled the Bungoma County census count, saying the numbers don’t reflect the true population. He has said the growth of Kiambu and Nakuru Counties can’t be higher than that of Bungoma County. “If you look at the growth of the population of Kiambu, Kiambu has grown by about 500,000 people, Nakuru has grown by a population of about 400,000 people, Bungoma, they are claiming that we have grown by about 300,000 people…it’s unlikely that the growth of Kiambu population and the growth of Nakuru population is higher than Bungoma County.”
He said the average family size in Bungoma County is about 5 or 6, and the average size of the whole country is about 3 or 4. He said KNBS need to relook at the manner in which they counted people in Bungoma County.
The County is the fifth most populous County with a population of 1.6 million people, after Nairobi, Kiambu, Nakuru and Kakamega. Kenya National Bureau of Statistics came out to defend the figures, rubbishing claims that the figures don’t represent a genuine number, following increasing complaints from leaders countrywide.